[[t]rɪŋ[/t]]n.1) jew a typically circular band of durable material, as gold, worn on the finger as an ornament, a token of betrothal or marriage, etc2) anything having the form of such a band:a smoke ring[/ex]3) a circular line or mark:dark rings around the eyes[/ex]4) a circular course:to dance in a ring[/ex]5) a number of persons or things situated in a circle:a ring of hills[/ex]6) an enclosed area, often circular, for a sports contest or exhibition:a circus ring[/ex]7) a bullring8) a square enclosure in which boxing and wrestling matches take place9) the sport of boxing10) spo ringsa) a pair of suspended rings that can be grasped by a gymnast for performing feats of balance and strengthb) a competitive event in men's gymnastics using such an apparatus11) a group of persons cooperating for unethical or illegal purposes:a ring of dope smugglers[/ex]12) a single turn in a spiral or helix or in a spiral course13) botannual ring14) chem. a number of atoms so united that they may be graphically represented in cyclic formCompare chain 6)15) naut. navig. a bowlike or circular piece at the top of an anchor, to which the chain or cable is secured16) math. a set of mathematical elements that is commutative under addition and associative under multiplication and in which multiplication is distributive with respect to addition17) to surround with a ring; encircle18) to form into a ring19) botgirdle 10)20) to throw a ring or horseshoe over (a stake or peg)21) to form a ring or rings22) to move in a ring or a constantly curving course•Etymology: bef. 900; (n.) OE hring, c. ON hringr IIring[[t]rɪŋ[/t]] v. rang, rung, ring•ing, n.1) to give forth a clear resonant sound:The doorbell rang twice[/ex]2) to cause a bell, telephone, or the like to sound:Just ring for service[/ex]3) to resound; reecho:The room rang with shouts[/ex]4) (of the ears) to have the sensation of a continued ringing sound5) to make a given impression on the mind:a story that rings true[/ex]6) to telephone (usu. fol. by up)7) to cause to ring; sound by striking:to ring a bell[/ex]8) to produce (sound) by or as if by ringing9) to announce by or as if by the sound of a bell:The bell rang the hour[/ex]10) to telephone (usu. fol. by up)11) phv ring offto end a telephone conversation12) phv ring upa) phv to register (the amount of a sale) on a cash registerb) phv to accomplish:to ring up successes[/ex]13) a ringing sound:the ring of sleigh bells[/ex]14) a sound like that of a ringing bell:the ring of laughter[/ex]15) reverberation:the ring of iron upon stone[/ex]16) a set of bells17) a telephone call18) an act or instance of ringing a bell19) a characteristic sound or quality:the ring of truth[/ex]•Etymology: bef. 900; OE hringan, c. ON hringja ring′ing•ly, adv.
From formal English to slang. 2014.