Definitions for: Ring

[n] a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling; "there was still a rusty iron hoop for tying a horse"
[n] jewelry consisting of a circular band of a precious metal worn on the finger; "she had rings on every finger"
[n] a square platform marked off by ropes in which contestants box or wrestle
[n] a characteristic sound; "it has the ring of sincerity"
[n] the sound of a bell ringing; "the distinctive ring of the church bell"; "the ringing of the telephone"; "the tintinnabulation that so volumnously swells from the ringing and the dinging of the bells"--E. A. Poe
[n] an association of criminals; "police tried to break up the gang"; "a pack of thieves"
[n] (chemistry) a chain of atoms in a molecule that forms a closed loop
[n] a toroidal shape; "a ring of ships in the harbor"; "a halo of smoke"
[v] get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone; "I tried to call you all night"; "Take two aspirin and call me in the morning"
[v] attach a ring to; "ring birds"
[v] make a ringing sound
[v] make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification; "Ring the bells"; "My uncle rings every Sunday at the local church"
[v] ring or echo with sound; "the hall resounded with laughter"
[v] be around; "Developments surround the town"; "The river encircles the village"

Webster (1913) Definition: Ring (r[i^]ng), v. t. [imp. Rang (r[a^]ng) or Rung
(r[u^]ng); p. p. Rung; p. pr. & vb. n. Ringing.] [AS.
hringan; akin to Icel. hringja, Sw. ringa, Dan. ringe, OD.
ringhen, ringkelen. [root]19.]
1. To cause to sound, especially by striking, as a metallic
body; as, to ring a bell.

2. To make (a sound), as by ringing a bell; to sound.

The shard-borne beetle, with his drowsy hums, Hath
rung night's yawning peal. --Shak.

3. To repeat often, loudly, or earnestly.

To ring a peal, to ring a set of changes on a chime of

To ring the changes upon. See under Change.

To ring in or out, to usher, attend on, or celebrate, by
the ringing of bells; as, to ring out the old year and
ring in the new. --Tennyson.

To ring the bells backward, to sound the chimes, reversing
the common order; -- formerly done as a signal of alarm or
danger. --Sir W. Scott.

Ring, v. i.
1. To sound, as a bell or other sonorous body, particularly a
metallic one.

Now ringen trompes loud and clarion. --Chaucer.

Why ring not out the bells? --Shak.

2. To practice making music with bells. --Holder.

3. To sound loud; to resound; to be filled with a ringing or
reverberating sound.

With sweeter notes each rising temple rung. --Pope.

The hall with harp and carol rang. --Tennyson.

My ears still ring with noise. --Dryden.

4. To continue to sound or vibrate; to resound.

The assertion is still ringing in our ears. --Burke.

5. To be filled with report or talk; as, the whole town rings
with his fame.

Ring, n.
1. A sound; especially, the sound of vibrating metals; as,
the ring of a bell.

2. Any loud sound; the sound of numerous voices; a sound
continued, repeated, or reverberated.

The ring of acclamations fresh in his ears. --Bacon

3. A chime, or set of bells harmonically tuned.

As great and tunable a ring of bells as any in the
world. --Fuller.

Ring, n. [AS. hring, hrinc; akin to Fries. hring, D. & G.
ring, OHG. ring, hring, Icel. hringr, DAn. & SW. ring; cf.
Russ. krug'. Cf. Harangue, Rank a row,Rink.]
A circle, or a circular line, or anything in the form of a
circular line or hoop.

2. Specifically, a circular ornament of gold or other
precious material worn on the finger, or attached to the
ear, the nose, or some other part of the person; as, a
wedding ring.

Upon his thumb he had of gold a ring. --Chaucer.

The dearest ring in Venice will I give you. --Shak.

3. A circular area in which races are or run or other sports
are performed; an arena.

Place me, O, place me in the dusty ring, Where
youthful charioteers contend for glory. --E. Smith.

4. An inclosed space in which pugilists fight; hence,
figuratively, prize fighting. ``The road was an
institution, the ring was an institution.'' --Thackeray.

5. A circular group of persons.

And hears the Muses in a ring Aye round about Jove's
alter sing. --Milton.

6. (Geom.)
(a) The plane figure included between the circumferences
of two concentric circles.
(b) The solid generated by the revolution of a circle, or
other figure, about an exterior straight line (as an
axis) lying in the same plane as the circle or other

7. (Astron. & Navigation) An instrument, formerly used for
taking the sun's altitude, consisting of a brass ring
suspended by a swivel, with a hole at one side through
which a solar ray entering indicated the altitude on the
graduated inner surface opposite.

8. (Bot.) An elastic band partly or wholly encircling the
spore cases of ferns. See Illust. of Sporangium.

9. A clique; an exclusive combination of persons for a
selfish purpose, as to control the market, distribute
offices, obtain contracts, etc.

The ruling ring at Constantinople. --E. A.

Ring armor, armor composed of rings of metal. See {Ring
mail}, below, and Chain mail, under Chain.

Ring blackbird (Zo["o]l.), the ring ousel.

Ring canal (Zo["o]l.), the circular water tube which
surrounds the esophagus of echinoderms.

Ring dotterel, or Ringed dotterel. (Zo["o]l.) See
Dotterel, and Illust. of Pressiroster.

Ring dropper, a sharper who pretends to have found a ring
(dropped by himself), and tries to induce another to buy
it as valuable, it being worthless.

Ring fence. See under Fence.

Ring finger, the third finger of the left hand, or the next
the little finger, on which the ring is placed in

Ring formula (Chem.), a graphic formula in the shape of a
closed ring, as in the case of benzene, pyridine, etc. See
Illust. under Benzene.

Ring mail, a kind of mail made of small steel rings sewed
upon a garment of leather or of cloth.

Ring micrometer. (Astron.) See Circular micrometer, under

Saturn's rings. See Saturn.

Ring ousel. (Zo["o]l.) See Ousel.

Ring parrot (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of Old
World parrakeets having a red ring around the neck,
especially Pal[ae]ornis torquatus, common in India, and
P. Alexandri of Java.

Ring plover. (Zo["o]l.)
(a) The ringed dotterel.
(b) Any one of several small American plovers having a
dark ring around the neck, as the semipalmated plover
([AE]gialitis semipalmata).

Ring snake (Zo["o]l.), a small harmless American snake
(Diadophis punctatus) having a white ring around the
neck. The back is ash-colored, or sage green, the belly of
an orange red.

Ring stopper. (Naut.) See under Stopper.

Ring thrush (Zo["o]l.), the ring ousel.

The prize ring, the ring in which prize fighters contend;
prize fighters, collectively.

The ring.
(a) The body of sporting men who bet on horse races.
(b) The prize ring.

Ring, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ringed; p. pr. & vb. n.
1. To surround with a ring, or as with a ring; to encircle.
``Ring these fingers.'' --Shak.

2. (Hort.) To make a ring around by cutting away the bark; to
girdle; as, to ring branches or roots.

3. To fit with a ring or with rings, as the fingers, or a
swine's snout.

Ring, v. i. (Falconry)
To rise in the air spirally.

Synonyms: anchor ring, annulus, anulus, call, call up, circle, closed chain, doughnut, echo, encircle, environ, gang, halo, hoop, mob, pack, peal, phone, resound, reverberate, ringing, round, surround, telephone, tintinnabulation

Antonyms: open chain

See Also: annulet, association, attach, band, barrel, bear, begird, bell ringing, bong, boxing ring, call in, canvas, canvass, carabiner, carry, cask, chain, chemical chain, cloister, consonate, contain, curtain ring, dial, ding, dingdong, dong, engagement ring, fairy circle, fairy ring, gangdom, gangland, gangster, gird, girt, girth, go, hold, jewellery, jewelry, karabiner, key ring, knell, mobster, mourning ring, napkin ring, nest, nose ring, organized crime, platform, prize ring, reecho, rim, ring out, seal ring, signet ring, snap ring, sound, sound, sound, telecommunicate, tintinnabulate, tire, toll, toroid, towel ring, twine, tyre, wagon wheel, wedding band, wedding ring, wreath, wreathe, wrestling ring, youth gang

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