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Definition of Ring


  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.
  3. To repeat often, loudly, or earnestly.
  4. To sound, as a bell or other sonorous body, particularly a metallic one.
  5. To practice making music with bells.
  6. To sound loud; to resound; to be filled with a ringing or reverberating sound.
  7. To continue to sound or vibrate; to resound.
  8. To be filled with report or talk; as, the whole town rings with his fame.
  9. A sound; especially, the sound of vibrating metals; as, the ring of a bell.
  10. Any loud sound; the sound of numerous voices; a sound continued, repeated, or reverberated.
  11. A chime, or set of bells harmonically tuned.
  12. A circle, or a circular line, or anything in the form of a circular line or hoop.
  13. 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.
  14. A circular area in which races are or run or other sports are performed; an arena.
  15. An inclosed space in which pugilists fight; hence, figuratively, prize fighting.
  16. A circular group of persons.
  17. The plane figure included between the circumferences of two concentric circles.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. An elastic band partly or wholly encircling the spore cases of ferns. See Illust. of Sporangium.
  21. A clique; an exclusive combination of persons for a selfish purpose, as to control the market, distribute offices, obtain contracts, etc.
  22. To surround with a ring, or as with a ring; to encircle.
  23. To make a ring around by cutting away the bark; to girdle; as, to ring branches or roots.
  24. To fit with a ring or with rings, as the fingers, or a swine's snout.
  25. To rise in the air spirally.

Ring Quotations

We dance round in a ring and suppose, but the secret sits in the middle and knows.
Robert Frost

The ear of the leader must ring with the voices of the people.
Woodrow Wilson

Ali even told me in the ring, 'You can't beat me - I'm your Lord.' I just told him, 'Lord, you're in the wrong place tonight.'
Joe Frazier

The referee is going to be the most important person in the ring tonight besides the fighters.
George Foreman

One of my most sentimental items is my grandmother's engagement ring that my mom gave me a few years ago. It's a Victorian-style setting that's closed in the back, so it doesn't sparkle the way diamonds do now. I wear it as a pendant.
Georgina Chapman
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Ring Translations

ring in Danish is ringe
ring in Dutch is wal, beugel, ring
ring in Finnish is rengas, soida
ring in French is cerne, ring, anneau, tinter
ring in Italian is circolo, sonare il campanello, anello, campanello
ring in Latin is orbis
ring in Norwegian is ring
ring in Portuguese is anel
ring in Spanish is anillo
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