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RING (rang, rung)

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does ring mean? 

RING (noun)
  The noun RING has 9 senses:

1. a characteristic sound
2. a toroidal shape
3. a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling
4. (chemistry) a chain of atoms in a molecule that forms a closed loop
5. an association of criminals
6. the sound of a bell ringing
7. a square platform marked off by ropes in which contestants box or wrestle
8. jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal (often set with jewels) worn on the finger
9. a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration)

  Familiarity information: RING used as a noun is familiar.


RING (verb)
  The verb RING has 6 senses:

1. sound loudly and sonorously
2. ring or echo with sound
3. make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification
4. be around
5. get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone
6. attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify

  Familiarity information: RING used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


RING (noun)


Sense 1ring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A characteristic sound

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Context example:

it has the ring of sincerity

Hypernyms ("ring" is a kind of...):

sound (the particular auditory effect produced by a given cause)


Sense 2ring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A toroidal shape

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

doughnut; anulus; annulus; anchor ring; ring; halo

Context examples:

a ring of ships in the harbor / a halo of smoke

Hypernyms ("ring" is a kind of...):

toroid (the doughnut-shaped object enclosed by a torus)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ring"):

fairy circle; fairy ring (a ring of fungi marking the periphery of the perennial underground growth of the mycelium)


Sense 3ring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

hoop; ring

Context example:

there was still a rusty iron hoop for tying a horse

Hypernyms ("ring" is a kind of...):

band (a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ring"):

towel ring (a circular hoop for holding a towel)

tire; tyre (hoop that covers a wheel)

rim ((basketball) the hoop from which the net is suspended)

rim (the outer part of a wheel to which the tire is attached)

nose ring (a ring worn on the nose as an ornament or on the nose of an animal to control it)

napkin ring (a circular band used to hold a particular person's napkin)

key ring (a circular ring of metal for holding keys)

curtain ring (a circular ring for holding up a curtain)

carabiner; karabiner; snap ring (an oblong metal ring with a spring clip; used in mountaineering to attach a rope to a piton or to connect two ropes)

Holonyms ("ring" is a part of...):

barrel; cask (a cylindrical container that holds liquids)

wagon wheel (a wheel of a wagon)


Sense 4ring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(chemistry) a chain of atoms in a molecule that forms a closed loop

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)

Synonyms:

closed chain; ring

Hypernyms ("ring" is a kind of...):

chain; chemical chain ((chemistry) a series of linked atoms (generally in an organic molecule))

Domain category:

chemical science; chemistry (the science of matter; the branch of the natural sciences dealing with the composition of substances and their properties and reactions)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ring"):

heterocycle; heterocyclic ring (a ring of atoms of more than one kind; especially a ring of carbon atoms containing at least one atom that is not carbon)


Sense 5ring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An association of criminals

Classified under:

Nouns denoting groupings of people or objects

Synonyms:

gang; mob; pack; ring

Context examples:

police tried to break up the gang / a pack of thieves

Hypernyms ("ring" is a kind of...):

association (a formal organization of people or groups of people)

Meronyms (members of "ring"):

gangster; mobster (a criminal who is a member of gang)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ring"):

youth gang (a gang whose members are teenagers)

nest (a gang of people (criminals or spies or terrorists) assembled in one locality)

Holonyms ("ring" is a member of...):

gangdom; gangland; organized crime (underworld organizations)


Sense 6ring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The sound of a bell ringing

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural events

Synonyms:

ringing; tintinnabulation; ring

Context examples:

the distinctive ring of the church bell / the ringing of the telephone / the tintinnabulation that so voluminously swells from the ringing and the dinging of the bells

Hypernyms ("ring" is a kind of...):

sound (the sudden occurrence of an audible event)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ring"):

bell ringing (the sound of someone playing a set of bells)


Sense 7ring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A square platform marked off by ropes in which contestants box or wrestle

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("ring" is a kind of...):

platform (a raised horizontal surface)

Meronyms (parts of "ring"):

canvas; canvass (the mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ring"):

boxing ring; prize ring (the ring where boxers fight)

wrestling ring (a ring in which wrestlers compete)


Sense 8ring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal (often set with jewels) worn on the finger

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

ring; band

Context examples:

she had rings on every finger / he noted that she wore a wedding band

Hypernyms ("ring" is a kind of...):

jewellery; jewelry (an adornment (as a bracelet or ring or necklace) made of precious metals and set with gems (or imitation gems))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "ring"):

annulet (a small ring)

wedding band; wedding ring (a ring (usually plain gold) given to the bride (and sometimes one is also given to the groom) at the wedding)

seal ring; signet ring (a ring bearing a signet)

ringlet (a small ring)

mourning ring (a ring worn as a memorial to a dead person)

engagement ring (a ring given and worn as a sign of betrothal)


Sense 9ring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

ring; band

Hypernyms ("ring" is a kind of...):

slip; strip (artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material)


RING (verb)


Sense 1ring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Sound loudly and sonorously

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

ring; peal

Context example:

the bells rang

Hypernyms (to "ring" is one way to...):

go; sound (make a certain noise or sound)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "ring"):

knell (ring as in announcing death)

peal (ring recurrently)

tintinnabulate (ring or sound like a small bell)

ding; dingdong; dong (go 'ding dong', like a bell)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s

Also:

ring out (sound loudly)


Sense 2ring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Ring or echo with sound

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

resound; reverberate; echo; ring

Context example:

the hall resounded with laughter

Hypernyms (to "ring" is one way to...):

go; sound (make a certain noise or sound)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "ring"):

bong (ring loudly and deeply)

reecho (echo repeatedly, echo again and again)

reecho (repeat or return an echo again or repeatedly; send (an echo) back)

consonate (sound in sympathy)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s PP

Sentence example:

The woods ring with many kinds of birds


Sense 3ring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification

Classified under:

Verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling

Synonyms:

knell; ring

Context examples:

Ring the bells / My uncle rings every Sunday at the local church

Hypernyms (to "ring" is one way to...):

sound (cause to sound)

Cause:

go; sound (make a certain noise or sound)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "ring"):

toll (ring slowly)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 4ring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Be around

Classified under:

Verbs of being, having, spatial relations

Synonyms:

environ; encircle; surround; round; circle; ring

Context examples:

Developments surround the town / The river encircles the village

Hypernyms (to "ring" is one way to...):

bear; carry; contain; hold (contain or hold; have within)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "ring"):

twine (coil around)

wreath; wreathe (encircle with or as if with a wreath)

begird; gird; girt; girth (encircle or bind)

cloister (surround with a cloister, as of a garden)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody
Something ----s something


Sense 5ring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone

Classified under:

Verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing

Synonyms:

telephone; phone; call up; call; ring

Context examples:

I tried to call you all night / Take two aspirin and call me in the morning

Hypernyms (to "ring" is one way to...):

telecommunicate (communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail)

"Ring" entails doing...:

dial (operate a dial to select a telephone number)

Domain category:

telephone; telephony (transmitting speech at a distance)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "ring"):

cell phone (call up by using a cellular phone)

call in (make a phone call)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s somebody

Sentence examples:

Sam cannot ring Sue
They ring


Sense 6ring [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

band; ring

Context examples:

ring birds / band the geese to observe their migratory patterns

Hypernyms (to "ring" is one way to...):

attach (cause to be attached)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


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