a typically circular band of metal or other durable material, especially one of gold or other precious metal, often set with gems, for wearing on the finger as an ornament, a token of betrothal or marriage, etc.
anything having the form of such a band:
a napkin ring; a smoke ring.
a circular or surrounding line or mark:
dark rings around the eyes.
a circular course:
to dance in a ring.
a number of persons or things situated in a circle or in an approximately circular arrangement:
a ring of stones; a ring of hills.
the outside edge of a circular body, as a wheel; rim.
an enclosed area, often circular, as for a sports contest or exhibition:
a circus ring.
an enclosure in which boxing and wrestling matches take place, usually consisting of a square, canvas-covered platform with surrounding ropes that are supported at each corner by posts.
the sport of boxing; prizefighting:
the heyday of the ring.
(formerly in the U.S., now only in Brit.) an area in a racetrack where bookmakers take bets.
a group of persons cooperating for unethical, illicit, or illegal purposes, as to control stock-market prices, manipulate politicians, or elude the law:
a ring of dope smugglers.
a single turn in a spiral or helix or in a spiral course.
Geometry. the area or space between two concentric circles.
a circle of bark cut from around a tree.
Chemistry. a number of atoms so united that they may be graphically represented in cyclic form.
Compare chain (def 7).
Architecture. rowlock (def 1).
a bowlike or circular piece at the top of an anchor, to which the chain or cable is secured.
Also called spinning ring. Textiles. (in the ring-spinning frame) a circular track of highly polished steel on which the traveler moves and which imparts twists to the yarn by variations in its vertical movement.
a unit of measurement of the diameter of cigars, equal to 1/64 of an inch.
Also called ring gauge.
Automotive, Machinery. piston ring.
Mathematics. a set that is closed under the operations of addition and multiplication and that is an Abelian group with respect to addition and an associative semigroup with respect to multiplication and in which the distributive laws relating the two operations hold.
verb (used with object), ringed, ringing.
to surround with a ring; encircle.
to form into a ring.
to insert a ring through the nose of (an animal).
to hem in (animals) by riding or circling about them.
to girdle (def 11).
(in horseshoes, ringtoss, etc.) to encircle (a stake or peg) with a ring, horseshoe, etc.
verb (used without object), ringed, ringing.
to form a ring or rings.
to move in a ring or a constantly curving course:
The road rings around the mountain.
run rings around, to be obviously superior to; surpass; outdo:
As an artist, she can run rings around her brother.
throw / toss one’s hat in / into the ring. hat (def 8).
verb (used without object), rang, rung, ringing.
to give forth a clear resonant sound, as a bell when struck:
The doorbell rang twice.
to make a given impression on the mind; appear:
words that rang false; a story that rings true.
to cause a bell or bells to sound, especially as a summons:
Just ring if you need anything.
to sound loudly; be loud or resonant; resound (often followed by out):
His brave words rang out.
to be filled with sound; reecho with sound, as a place.
(of the ears) to have the sensation of a continued humming sound.
Chiefly British. to telephone.
verb (used with object), rang, rung, ringing.
to cause (a bell or device with a bell) to ring; sound by striking:
to ring a bell.
to produce (sound) by or as if by ringing:
The bell rang a low tone.
to announce or proclaim, usher in or out, summon, signal, etc., by or as if by the sound of a bell:
to ring someone’s praises; The bell rang the hour.
to test (a coin or other metal object) by the sound it produces when struck against something.
Chiefly British. to telephone.
a ringing sound, as of a bell or bells:
the ring of sleigh bells.
a sound or tone likened to the ringing of a bell:
Rings of laughter issued from the school.
any loud sound; sound continued, repeated, or reverberated:
the ring of iron upon stone.
a set or peal of bells.
a telephone call:
Give me a ring tomorrow.
an act or instance of ringing a bell:
No one answered my ring.
a characteristic sound, as of a coin.
the aspect or impression presented by a statement, an action, etc., taken as revealing a specified inherent quality:
a ring of assurance in her voice; the ring of truth; a false ring.
to indicate one’s arrival at work by punching in on a time clock.
Informal. to introduce artfully or fraudulently:
to ring in an imposter.
to terminate a telephone conversation.
British Slang. to stop talking.
British Slang. to go away.
to indicate one’s departure from work by punching out on a time clock.
to make a sound or noise; resound:
The church bells rang out.
to register (the amount of a sale) on a cash register.
to accomplish or record:
to ring up a series of successes.
Chiefly British. to telephone.
ring a bell. bell1 (def 15).
ring down the curtain,
to direct that the curtain of a theater be lowered or closed.
to lower or close the curtain in front of a stage.
ring down the curtain on, to bring to an end:
The accident rang down the curtain on his law career.
ring the / someone’s bell. bell1 (def 16).
ring the changes. change (def 39).
ring up the curtain,
to direct that the curtain of a theater be raised or opened.
to raise or open the curtain in front of a stage.
ring up the curtain on, to begin; inaugurate; initiate:
The $100-a-plate dinner rang up the curtain on the hospital’s fund-raising drive.
a circular band usually of a precious metal, esp gold, often set with gems and worn upon the finger as an adornment or as a token of engagement or marriage
any object or mark that is circular in shape
a circular path or course: to run around in a ring
a group of people or things standing or arranged so as to form a circle: a ring of spectators
an enclosed space, usually circular in shape, where circus acts are performed
a square apron or raised platform, marked off by ropes, in which contestants box or wrestle
the ring, the sport of boxing
the field of competition or rivalry
throw one’s hat in the ring, to announce one’s intention to be a candidate or contestant
a group of people usually operating illegally and covertly: a drug ring, a paedophile ring
(esp at country fairs) an enclosure, often circular, where horses, cattle, and other livestock are paraded and auctioned
an area reserved for betting at a racecourse
a circular strip of bark cut from a tree or branch, esp in order to kill it
a single turn in a spiral
(geometry) the area of space lying between two concentric circles
(maths) a set that is subject to two binary operations, addition and multiplication, such that the set is an Abelian group under addition and is closed under multiplication, this latter operation being associative
(botany) short for annual ring
(chem) Also called closed chain. a closed loop of atoms in a molecule
(astronomy) any of the thin circular bands of small bodies orbiting a giant planet, esp Saturn See also Saturn2 (sense 1)
(informal) run rings around, to be greatly superior to; outclass completely
verb (transitive) rings, ringing, ringed
to surround with or as if with or form a ring; encircle
to mark (a bird) with a ring or clip for subsequent identification
to fit a ring in the nose of (a bull, pig, etc) so that it can be led easily
to cut away a circular strip of bark from (a tree or branch) in order to kill it
to cut a narrow or partial ring from (the trunk of a tree) in order to check or prevent vigorous growth
(Austral & NZ) to be the fastest shearer in a shearing shed (esp in the phrase ring the shed)
verb rings, ringing, rang, rung
to emit or cause to emit a sonorous or resonant sound, characteristic of certain metals when struck
to cause (a bell) to emit a ringing sound by striking it once or repeatedly or (of a bell) to emit such a sound
(transitive) to cause (a large bell, esp a church bell) to emit a ringing sound by pulling on a rope that is attached to a wheel on which the bell swings back and forth, being sounded by a clapper inside it Compare chime1 (sense 6)
(intransitive) (of a bell) to sound by being swung in this way
(intransitive) (of a building, place, etc) to be filled with sound; echo: the church rang with singing
(intransitive) foll by for. to call by means of a bell, buzzer, etc: to ring for the butler
(mainly Brit) Also ring up. to call (a person) by telephone
(transitive) to strike or tap (a coin) in order to assess its genuineness by the sound produced
(intransitive) (of the ears) to have or give the sensation of humming or ringing
(intransitive) (electronics) (of an electric circuit) to produce a damped oscillatory wave after the application of a sharp input transition
(slang) to change the identity of (a stolen vehicle) by using the licence plate, serial number, etc, of another, usually disused, vehicle
ring a bell, to sound familiar; remind one of something, esp indistinctly
ring down the curtain
to lower the curtain at the end of a theatrical performance
(foll by on) to put an end (to)
ring false, to give the impression of being false
ring the bell
to do, say, or be the right thing
to reach the pinnacle of success or happiness
ring the changes, to vary the manner or performance of an action that is often repeated
ring true, to give the impression of being true: that story doesn’t ring true
the act of or a sound made by ringing
a sound produced by or suggestive of a bell
any resonant or metallic sound, esp one sustained or re-echoed: the ring of trumpets
(informal, mainly Brit) a telephone call: he gave her a ring last night
the complete set of bells in a tower or belfry: a ring of eight bells See peal1 (sense 3)
an inherent quality or characteristic: his explanation has the ring of sincerity
(electronics) the damped oscillatory wave produced by a circuit that rings
A circular object, form, or arrangement with a vacant circular center.
The area between two concentric circles; annulus.
A group of atoms linked by bonds that may be represented graphically in circular or triangular form.
A set of elements subject to the operations of addition and multiplication, in which the set is an abelian group under addition and associative under multiplication and in which the two operations are related by distributive laws.
A group of atoms linked by bonds that may be represented graphically in circular or triangular form. Benzene, for example, contains a ring of six carbon atoms. All cyclic compounds contain one or more rings. See annulus.
See growth ring.
Used as an ornament to decorate the fingers, arms, wrists, and also the ears and the nose. Rings were used as a signet (Gen. 38:18). They were given as a token of investment with authority (Gen. 41:42; Esther 3:8-10; 8:2), and of favour and dignity (Luke 15:22). They were generally worn by rich men (James 2:2). They are mentioned by Isiah (3:21) among the adornments of Hebrew women.
ring-knife n. A circular or oval ring with an internal cutting edge used to shave off tumors in the nasal and other cavities.
noun, Slang. 1. a commissioned officer in the U.S. armed forces who is a graduate of a military academy.
noun 1. a person who leads others, especially in opposition to authority, law, etc.: a ringleader of revolutionary activities. noun 1. a person who leads others in any kind of unlawful or mischievous activity
noun 1. a typically circular band of metal or other durable material, especially one of gold or other precious metal, often set with gems, for wearing on the finger as an ornament, a token of betrothal or marriage, etc. 2. anything having the form of such a band: a napkin ring; a smoke ring. 3. […]