[ ruhng ]
/ rʌŋ /
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.
Words nearby rung
Origin of rung2
before 1000; Middle English; Old English hrung; cognate with Gothic hrunga rod, German Runge
OTHER WORDS FROM rungrung·less, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH rungrung wrung
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British Dictionary definitions for rungless (1 of 2)
/ (rʌŋ) /
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 rungrungless, adjective
Word Origin for rung
Old English hrung; related to Old High German runga, Gothic hrugga
British Dictionary definitions for rungless (2 of 2)
/ (rʌŋ) /
the past participle of ring 2
See ring 2
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