rung

1
[ ruhng ]
/ rʌŋ /

verb

simple past tense and past participle of ring2.

Definition for rung (2 of 4)

rung2
[ ruhng ]
/ rʌŋ /

noun

one of the crosspieces, usually rounded, forming the steps of a ladder.
a rounded or shaped piece fixed horizontally, for strengthening purposes, as between the legs of a chair.
a spoke of a wheel.
a stout stick, rod, or bar, especially one of rounded section, forming a piece in something framed or constructed.
a stage in a scale, level in a hierarchy, etc.; degree: He rose a few rungs in the company.

Origin of rung

2
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hrung; cognate with Gothic hrunga rod, German Runge

OTHER WORDS FROM rung

rung·less, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH rung

rung wrung

Definition for rung (3 of 4)

ring1
[ ring ]
/ rɪŋ /

noun

verb (used with object), ringed, ring·ing.

verb (used without object), ringed, ring·ing.

to form a ring or rings.
to move in a ring or a constantly curving course: The road rings around the mountain.

Origin of ring

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English hring; cognate with Dutch, German ring, Old Norse hringr; akin to rank1

OTHER WORDS FROM ring

ring·less, adjectivering·like, adjective

synonym study for ring

12. Ring, clique are terms applied with disapproving connotations to groups of persons. Ring suggests a small and intimately related group, combined for selfish and often dishonest purposes: a gambling ring. A clique is a small group that prides itself on its congeniality and exclusiveness: cliques in a school.

Definition for rung (4 of 4)

Origin of ring

2
before 900; Middle English ringen, Old English hringan; cognate with Old Norse hringja, German ringen

OTHER WORDS FROM ring

ring·ing·ly, adverbring·ing·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for rung (1 of 4)

rung1
/ (rʌŋ) /

noun

one of the bars or rods that form the steps of a ladder
a crosspiece between the legs of a chair, etc
nautical a spoke on a ship's wheel or a handle projecting from the periphery
dialect a cudgel or staff

Derived forms of rung

rungless, adjective

Word Origin for rung

Old English hrung; related to Old High German runga, Gothic hrugga

British Dictionary definitions for rung (2 of 4)

rung2
/ (rʌŋ) /

verb

the past participle of ring 2

undefined rung

See ring 2

British Dictionary definitions for rung (3 of 4)

ring1
/ (rɪŋ) /

noun

verb rings, ringing or ringed (tr)

Word Origin for ring

Old English hring; related to Old Norse hringr

British Dictionary definitions for rung (4 of 4)

ring2
/ (rɪŋ) /

verb rings, ringing, rang or rung

noun

Word Origin for ring

Old English hringan; related to Old High German hringen Old Norse hringja

usage for ring

Rang and sang are the correct forms of the past tenses of ring and sing, although rung and sung are still heard informally and dialectally: he rung (rang) the bell
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Medicine definitions for rung

ring
[ rĭng ]

n.

A circular object, form, or arrangement with a vacant circular center.
The area between two concentric circles; annulus.
A group of atoms linked by bonds that may be represented graphically in circular or triangular form.
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Science definitions for rung

ring
[ rĭng ]

A set of elements subject to the operations of addition and multiplication, in which the set is an abelian group under addition and associative under multiplication and in which the two operations are related by distributive laws.
A group of atoms linked by bonds that may be represented graphically in circular or triangular form. Benzene, for example, contains a ring of six carbon atoms. All cyclic compounds contain one or more rings. See annulus.
See growth ring.
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Idioms and Phrases with rung

ring

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

also see:

  • brass ring
  • give someone a ring
  • have a familiar ring
  • run rings around
  • three-ring circus
  • throw one's hat in the ring
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