[ping] /pɪŋ/

verb (used without object)
to produce a sharp sound like that of a bullet striking a sheet of metal.
verb (used with object)
Computers. to send an echo-request packet to (an IP address) and use the echo reply to determine whether another computer on the network is operational and the speed at which the data is being transferred.
to make contact with (someone) by sending a brief electronic message, as a text message: The design team should ping marketing to set up a meeting next week.
Ping me when you arrive, and I’ll meet you at the door.
a pinging sound.
an infrasonic or ultrasonic sound wave created by sonar in echolocation.
an acoustic signal transmitted to indicate a location:
Rescue crews were able to follow the ping and locate the flight recorder.
Computers. an echo-request and echo-reply protocol that tests a connection online or in a network by sending a packet to a host IP address and measuring the round-trip speed of data transfer.
one of the possible sounds made by an electronic or mobile device to signal the receipt of data, as a phone or text message.
a short high-pitched resonant sound, as of a bullet striking metal or a sonar echo
(computing) a system for testing whether internet systems are responding and how long in milliseconds it takes them to respond
(intransitive) to make such a noise
(transitive) (computing) to send a test message to (a computer or server) in order to check whether it is responding or how long it takes it to respond

to get someone’s attention with a sharp sound or other form of communication
Usage Note


1835, imitative of the sound of a bullet striking something sharply. Meaning “short, high-pitched electronic pulse” is attested from 1943. As a verb from 1855; in computer sense is from at least 1981. Related: Pinged; pinging.


To get someone’s attention with a sharp sound or other form of communication: ping my accountant with April 15 getting close

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