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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

Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Alfred Lord Tennyson

People's hands fascinate me. It's tempting to look at a businessman's left hand and see if there's an indentation from a missing wedding ring. Or maybe there's a tan line and the skin is pressed down where's he's worked a ring off his finger.
Benedict Cumberbatch

It may not have the virtuous ring of the golden rule, but the maxim 'never say never' is one of the most important in ethics.
Julian Baggini

Close friends contribute to our personal growth. They also contribute to our personal pleasure, making the music sound sweeter, the wine taste richer, the laughter ring louder because they are there.
Judith Viorst

Boxing is the ultimate challenge. There's nothing that can compare to testing yourself the way you do every time you step in the ring.
Sugar Ray Leonard
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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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