rung

2
[ 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

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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
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British Dictionary definitions for rungless (1 of 2)

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 rungless (2 of 2)

rung2
/ (rʌŋ) /

verb

the past participle of ring 2

undefined rung

See ring 2
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