Definition for rung (2 of 4)
Origin of rung2
Related formsrung·less, adjective
Can be confusedrung wrung
Definition for rung (3 of 4)
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 rung (4 of 4)
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 rung
I was of extremely low rank, a Senior Aircraftman – only one rung above the bottom.
She said that at one point someone had rung her mother and said "eye for an eye, you deserve to die".
This boosts the average SAT scores at the college, and the school moves up a rung on the rankings ladder.Steve Cohen on the Three Biggest College Admissions Lies|Steve Cohen|September 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
A graduate of Smith College and Georgetown Law School, Cutter, 43, has climbed the political ladder one rung at a time.How Stephanie Cutter, Obama’s One-Woman Warrior, Wages Political Combat|Lauren Ashburn|September 4, 2012|DAILY BEAST
How many 911-like alarms have been rung since Obama was elected?Trayvon Martin’s Shooting Mirrors America’s Paranoia About Barack Obama|Lee Siegel|March 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The existing bell, which is rung on all great occasions, was cast in 1505.Verdun Argonne-Metz 1914-1918|Anonymous
It is said that this Copland gave the great bell, which made the fifth in the ring, to be rung nightly at nine of the clock.The Survey of London|John Stow
When this third hour had been bellowed away, and the bell had rung unheard the advent of a fourth—presto—in came Mons.
Rung, smiling and putting his finger tips together, replied, 'How does it happen that I know so much about you?'The Argosy|Various
Had the bells been all of silver, rung by fairies, the notes could not have been sweeter.The Chauffeur and the Chaperon|C. N. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for rung (1 of 4)
Derived Formsrungless, adjective
Word Origin for rung
British Dictionary definitions for rung (2 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for rung (3 of 4)
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 rung (4 of 4)
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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Science definitions for rung
Idioms and Phrases with rung
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