verb (used with object), ringed, ring·ing.
verb (used without object), ringed, ring·ing.
Origin of ring1
Related formsring·less, adjectivering·like, adjective
Definition for ringing (2 of 2)
verb (used without object), rang, rung, ring·ing.
verb (used with object), rang, rung, ring·ing.
- to indicate one's arrival at work by punching in on a time clock.
- Informal. to introduce artfully or fraudulently: to ring in an imposter.
- to terminate a telephone conversation.
- British Slang. to stop talking.
- British Slang. to go away.
- to indicate one's departure from work by punching out on a time clock.
- to make a sound or noise; resound: The church bells rang out.
- to register (the amount of a sale) on a cash register.
- to accomplish or record: to ring up a series of successes.
- Chiefly British. to telephone.
Origin of ring2
Related formsring·ing·ly, adverbring·ing·ness, noun
Examples from the Web for ringing
A ban on the ringing of church bells, lifted in 1941, was reimposed.Remembering the Russian Priest Who Fought the Orthodox Church|Cathy Young|December 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Democrats faired marginally better in the study, ringing in at 31 percent.
Their latest item may not reach that level of excitement or controversy—but the phone has indeed been ringing.Bid on CIA’s Osama Action Figure, Lewinsky's Lingerie, and More at This L.A. Auction House|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He becomes increasingly paranoid by the societal fixtures around him—a ticking clock, a ringing phone.‘Interstellar’ Is Wildly Ambitious, Very Flawed, and Absolutely Worth Seeing|Marlow Stern|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
She smiled and whispered, "Are you the girl who was here on Sunday, ringing the bell?"
Don was telling some of his adventures, and no one but Celestia Ann in the kitchen noticed the ringing of the door-bell.Mildred at Home|Martha Finley
They were the trot of a horse's hoofs and the roll of wheels, and before we reached the hall-door the bell was ringing.Willing to Die|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Our cousin the curate loved, while he was yet a boy, Flora, of the sparkling eyes and the ringing voice.
"Yes, I say so; bear witness to my words, good people all," replied Cicely in clear and ringing tones.The Lady Of Blossholme|H. Rider Haggard
From within came voices, one in protest, Bayne Trevors's ringing out, filled with mastery followed by a laugh.Judith of Blue Lake Ranch|Jackson Gregory
British Dictionary definitions for ringing (1 of 2)
verb rings, ringing or ringed (tr)
- to cut away a circular strip of bark from (a tree or branch) in order to kill it
- to cut a narrow or partial ring from (the trunk of a tree) in order to check or prevent vigorous growth
Word Origin for ring
British Dictionary definitions for ringing (2 of 2)
verb rings, ringing, rang or rung
- (tr) to cause (a large bell, esp a church bell) to emit a ringing sound by pulling on a rope that is attached to a wheel on which the bell swings back and forth, being sounded by a clapper inside itCompare chime 1 (def. 6)
- (intr) (of a bell) to sound by being swung in this way
- to lower the curtain at the end of a theatrical performance
- (foll by on) to put an end (to)
- to do, say, or be the right thing
- to reach the pinnacle of success or happiness
Word Origin for ring
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Idioms and Phrases with ringing
In addition to the idioms beginning with ring
- ring a bell
- ring down the curtain on
- ring false
- ring one's chimes
- ringside seat
- ring the changes
- ring true
- ring up
- brass ring
- give someone a ring
- have a familiar ring
- run rings around
- three-ring circus
- throw one's hat in the ring