/rɪŋ / (say ring)

1. a circular band of metal or other material, especially one of gold or other precious metal, often set with gems, for wearing on the finger as an ornament, a token of betrothal or marriage, etc.
2. anything having the form of a circular band.
3. a mob of restless cattle moving confusedly in a circle: all cattlemen fear a ring.
4. a circular line or mark.
5. a circular course: to dance in a ring.
6. the outside edge of a circular body, as a wheel.
7. a single turn in a spiral or helix or in a spiral course.
8. Geometry the area or space between two concentric circles.
9. one of the concentric layers of wood produced yearly in the trunks of exogenous trees.
10. a circle of bark cut from around a tree.
11. a number of persons or things placed in a circle.
a. an enclosed circular or other area, as one in which some sport or exhibition takes place: the ring of a circus.
b. Athleticscircle (def. 10).
c. the area in which a two-up game takes place.
13. an enclosure in which boxing and wrestling matches take place (usually a square area marked off by stakes and ropes).
14. the sport of boxing.
15. a space devoted to betting at a racecourse, not necessarily circular in shape: betting ring; ledger ring; paddock ring.
16. (plural) Gymnastics
a. an apparatus comprising two rings hanging freely from a metal frame, the gymnast performing various movements while gripping one or both rings.
b. the artistic gymnastics event in which the gymnast, usually male, performs in this way.
17. competition; contest: to toss one's hat in the ring.
18. a group of persons cooperating for selfish or illegal purposes, as to control a business, monopolise a particular market, etc.
19. Chemistry a number of atoms linked in a cyclic form.
20. Colloquial the anus.
verb (ringed, ringing)
verb (t)
21. to surround with a ring; encircle.
a. to form into a ring.
b. to cause (a mob of cattle) to form into a circling herd.
23. to put a ring in the nose of (an animal).
24. to hem in (animals, especially cattle) by riding or circling about them.
25. Agriculture to remove (wool from around the prepuce of rams and wethers) to prevent fouling.
26. to ringbark.
27. (in ring toss games) to hurl a ring over (a stake or peg).
verb (i)
28. to form a ring or rings.
29. to move in a ring or a constantly curving course.
30. (of a mob of cattle) to form into a circling herd.
31. to work with cattle: when we were ringing we were up before dawn each day.
32. ring the board (or shed), to shear more sheep than anyone else in the shearing shed.
33. run rings round, Colloquial to be markedly superior to; easily surpass.
{Middle English; Old English hring; compare rank1}
ringlike, adjective
[c]/rɪŋ / (say ring)

verb (rang, rung, ringing)
verb (i)
1. to give forth a clear, resonant sound when set in sudden vibration by a blow or otherwise, as a bell, glass, etc.
2. to seem (true, false, etc.) in the effect produced on the mind: his words ring true.
3. to cause a bell or bells to sound, especially as a summons: ring for a messenger.
4. to sound loudly; be loud or resonant; resound.
5. to be filled with sound; re-echo with sound, as a place.
6. (of the ears) to have the sensation of a continued humming sound.
7. to telephone.
verb (t)
8. to cause to ring, as a bell, etc.
9. to produce (sound) by or as if by ringing.
10. to proclaim, usher in or out, summon, signal, etc., by or as by the sound of a bell.
11. to test (coin, etc.) by the sound produced in striking on something.
12. to telephone.
13. a ringing sound, as of a bell, etc.: the ring of sleighbells.
14. a resonant sound or note: there was a ring in his voice.
15. any loud sound; sound continued, repeated, or reverberated.
16. a set or peal of bells.
17. a telephone call: give me a ring tomorrow.
18. an act of ringing a bell.
19. a characteristic sound, as of a coin.
20. a characteristic or inherent quality: his words had the ring of truth.
21. ring a bell, to arouse a memory; sound familiar.
22. ring down the curtain, to give a direction to lower a theatre curtain, as at the end of a performance.
23. ring down the curtain on, to bring to an end.
24. ring for, to summon by ringing a bell.
25. ring in,
a. to announce the arrival of by ringing bells.
b. to insert or substitute dishonestly (one racehorse, greyhound, etc.) for another in a race, or (a double-headed coin) for a normal one in two-up.
c. to telephone headquarters or one's central office.
26. ring off, to end a telephone conversation.
27. ring out,
a. to make a loud, resounding noise.
b. to announce the departure of by ringing.
28. ring the changes, to vary the manner of performing an action, especially one that is often repeated; execute a number of manoeuvres or variations. {Phrase Origin: from bellringing, where the changes are the various sequences in which the bells can be rung}
29. ring the tin, to summon workers to a meeting to consider a dispute by ringing a tin.
30. ring the tin on, to refuse to cooperate or communicate with (a supervisor, etc.).
31. ring true, to appear to be true, sincere, genuine, etc. {Phrase Origin: from when coins were made of pure metal, and their genuineness could be ascertained by the sound they made on dropping}
32. ring up,
a. to telephone.
b. to record (the cost of an item) on a cash register.
33. ring up the curtain, to give a direction to raise a theatre curtain, as at the beginning of a performance.
34. ring up the curtain on, to begin; inaugurate.
{Middle English; Old English hringan}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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