Definitions of ring

  1. a toroidal shape; " a ring of ships in the harbor"; " a halo of smoke"
  2. jewelry consisting of a circular band of a precious metal worn on the finger; " she had rings on every finger"
  3. 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"
  4. be around; " Developments surround the town"; " The river encircles the village"
  5. ( chemistry) a chain of atoms in a molecule that forms a closed loop
  6. ring or echo with sound; " the hall resounded with laughter"
  7. an association of criminals; " police tried to break up the gang"; " a pack of thieves"
  8. 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"
  9. make ( bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification; " Ring the bells"; " My uncle rings every Sunday at the local church"
  10. make a ringing sound
  11. a square platform marked off by ropes in which contestants box or wrestle
  12. a characteristic sound; " it has the ring of sincerity"
  13. 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
  14. a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it ( as in studies of bird migration)
  15. jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal ( often set with jewels) worn on the finger; " she had rings on every finger"; " he noted that she wore a wedding band"
  16. attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify; " ring birds"; " band the geese to observe their migratory patterns"
  17. sound loudly and sonorously; " the bells rang"
  18. To cause to sound, especially by striking, as a metallic body; as, to ring a bell.
  19. To make ( a sound), as by ringing a bell; to sound.
  20. To repeat often, loudly, or earnestly.
  21. To sound, as a bell or other sonorous body, particularly a metallic one.
  22. To practice making music with bells.
  23. To sound loud; to resound; to be filled with a ringing or reverberating sound.
  24. To continue to sound or vibrate; to resound.
  25. To be filled with report or talk; as, the whole town rings with his fame.
  26. A sound; especially, the sound of vibrating metals; as, the ring of a bell.
  27. Any loud sound; the sound of numerous voices; a sound continued, repeated, or reverberated.
  28. A chime, or set of bells harmonically tuned.
  29. A circle, or a circular line, or anything in the form of a circular line or hoop.
  30. 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.
  31. A circular area in which races are or run or other sports are performed; an arena.
  32. An inclosed space in which pugilists fight; hence, figuratively, prize fighting.
  33. A circular group of persons.
  34. The plane figure included between the circumferences of two concentric circles.
  35. 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 figure.
  36. 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.
  37. An elastic band partly or wholly encircling the spore cases of ferns. See Illust. of Sporangium.
  38. A clique; an exclusive combination of persons for a selfish purpose, as to control the market, distribute offices, obtain contracts, etc.
  39. To surround with a ring, or as with a ring; to encircle.
  40. To make a ring around by cutting away the bark; to girdle; as, to ring branches or roots.
  41. To fit with a ring or with rings, as the fingers, or a swine's snout.
  42. To rise in the air spirally.
  43. The sound made by a bell or by metals made to vibrate; a circle; a hoop or circular band; a small hoop of gold, etc., worn as an ornament, usually on the finger or attached to the ear; a space set off for contests or displays; as, a circus ring; a race course; a combination of men, usually for a selfish aim or purpose; as, a political ring.
  44. To sound, as a bell when struck; to sound loudly and clearly; as, his voice rang out; resound; as, the woods ring with song; to cause a bell to sound; as, to ring for a maid; to be filled with report or talk; as, the whole town rings with his fame.
  45. To cause to sound, as metal when struck; to produce ( a sound), as by striking a bell; as, ring the alarm; proclaim aloud or abroad; as, ring in the year; to put a ring around; encircle; to fit or decorate with a ring.
  46. Rang.
  47. Rung.
  48. Ringing.
  49. 1. A circular band surrounding a wide central opening. 2. In anatomy, annulus, any approximately circular structure surrounding an opening or a level area. 3. The chain of atoms in a closed- chain compound.
  50. A continuous substance inclosing a plane circular space, as femoral ring.
  51. A circle: a small hoop, usually of metal, worn on the finger as an ornament: a circular area for races, etc.: a circular group of persons: a clique or combination for selfish purposes in politics: the prize ring, the occupation of the pugilist.
  52. To encircle: to fit with a ring.
  53. To sound as a bell when struck: to tinkle: to practice the art of ringing bells: to continue to sound: to be filled with report.
  54. To cause to sound, as a metal: to produce by ringing:- pa. t. rang, rung; pa. p. rung.
  55. A sound, esp. of metals: the sound of many voices: a chime of many bells.
  56. A circle; hoop; circular figure or group; ares.
  57. Rang, rung.
  58. Sound, as of a bell.
  59. To cause to sound, as a bell. & c.
  60. To sound, as a bell; be filled with sound.
  61. To encircle; supply with rings.
  62. To sound, as a bell; announce or proclaim, as by sounding bells.
  63. A circular band, as of gold for the finger.
  64. A circular area or arena.
  65. A group of tthings or persons in a circle; combination of persons, as in politics.
  66. The sound of, or as of, a bell.
  67. A circle, or anything in the form of a circular line or hoop; a circular course or area; a group round; a combination for private ends; the pugilistic class.
  68. A sound, particularly the sound of metals; any loud sound, or sound continued, repeated, or reverberated; a chime or set of bells harmonically tuned.
  69. To encircle; to fit with a ring or rings.
  70. To cause to sound, particularly by striking a metallic body; to sound aloud.
  71. To sound, as a bell or other sonorous body; to practise the art of ringing bells; to tinkle; to be filled with talk. To ring the changes upon, to use in various senses.
  72. Anything in the form of a circle; a small hoop of gold, variously ornamented, worn as on the finger; a hoop; a circular course; the betting arena on a race- course.
  73. To encircle; to fit or arm with a ring; to cut a ring of bark out of a tree.
  74. To sound, as a bell or other sonorous body; to cause to sound; to tinkle; to be spread abroad, as, the whole town rang with the news.
  75. The sound as of a bell or a metallic body; the loud repeated sounds, as of voices in acclamation; a peal or chime of bells.

Usage examples for ring

  1. " I hear John Henry's ring darling. – Virginia by Ellen Glasgow
  2. It is best to form a ring about it so that no one shall escape us. – Garrick's Pupil by Auguston Filon
  3. Let's get down on the floor in a ring – The Adventures of Joel Pepper by Margaret Sidney
  4. " The second ring she said unconstrainedly, " is not the sign of a second marriage. – The Dead Lake and Other Tales by Paul Heyse
  5. And if they don't the first time, you make him ring again. – The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates
  6. What good will it do to ring the bell while you are in the pilot- house, Christy? – Taken by the Enemy by Oliver Optic
  7. " Did you ever see such a love of a ring – Prince Fortunatus by William Black
  8. " Now," he said, " we can ring up for the first act." – T. Tembarom by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  9. Was that a ring – The Holiday Round by A. A. Milne
  10. " The ring Milly repeated earnestly. – Probable Sons by Amy LeFeuvre
  11. He burgessed a gopper ring for it. – Somehow Good by William de Morgan
  12. He turned the ring on his finger. – The Holiday Round by A. A. Milne
  13. Her poetic gift was not great, but her verse is spirited, and has frequently a ring of genuine pathos. – The Age of Tennyson by Hugh Walker
  14. On the evening of that day the old King came and asked, " Did you get my grandmother's ring – The Irish Fairy Book by Various
  15. Amy, ring the bell, dear. – The Garies and Their Friends by Frank J. Webb
  16. They didn't ring true at all. – The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story by Various
  17. There was a little ring in Amory's voice. – A Crooked Mile by Oliver Onions
  18. " It's Aunt Lu's diamond ring – Bunny Brown and his Sister Sue by Laura Lee Hope
  19. Glen turned back into the ring and walked to Gerard. – The Sweep Winner by Nat Gould