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ring 1

1. A circular object, form, line, or arrangement.
2. A small circular band, generally made of precious metal and often set with jewels, worn on the finger.
3. A circular band used for carrying, holding, or containing something: a napkin ring.
4. rings Sports A pair of circular metal bands suspended in the air for gymnastic exercises, on which balancing and swinging maneuvers are performed while holding the bands as motionless as possible.
5. A circular movement or course, as in dancing.
6. An enclosed, usually circular area in which exhibitions, sports, or contests take place: a circus ring.
7. Sports
a. A rectangular arena set off by stakes and ropes in which boxing or wrestling events are held.
b. The sport of boxing.
8. Games
a. An enclosed area in which bets are placed at a racetrack.
b. Bookmakers considered as a group.
9. An exclusive group of people acting privately or illegally to advance their own interests: a drug ring.
10. A political contest; a race.
11. Botany An annual ring.
12. Mathematics The area between two concentric circles; annulus.
13. Mathematics A set of elements subject to the operations of addition and multiplication, in which the set is a commutative group under addition and associative under multiplication and in which the two operations are related by distributive laws.
14. Any of the turns constituting a spiral or helix.
15. Chemistry A group of atoms linked by bonds that may be represented graphically in polygonal form. Also called closed chain.
v. ringed, ring·ing, rings
1. To surround with or as if with a ring; encircle: Guests ringed the coffee table.
2. To form into a ring or rings.
3. To ornament or supply with a ring or rings: ringed the door knocker with a wreath of holly.
4. To remove a circular strip of bark around the circumference of (a tree trunk or branch); girdle.
5. To put a ring in the nose of (an animal).
6. To hem in (animals) by riding in a circle around them.
7. Games To toss a ring over (a peg), as in horseshoes.
1. To form a ring or rings.
2. To move, run, or fly in a spiral or circular course.

[Middle English, from Old English hring; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]

ring 2

v. rang (răng), rung (rŭng), ring·ing, rings
1. To give forth a clear resonant sound.
2. To cause something to ring.
3. To sound a bell in order to summon someone: I'll ring for the maid.
4. To have a sound or character suggestive of a particular quality: a story that rings true.
5. To be filled with sound; resound: The room rang with the children's laughter.
6. To hear a persistent humming or buzzing: My ears were ringing from the sound of the blast.
7. To be filled with talk or rumor: The whole town rang with the bad news.
1. To cause (a bell, for example) to ring.
2. To produce (a sound) by or as if by ringing.
3. To announce, proclaim, or signal by or as if by ringing: a clock that rings the hour.
4. Chiefly British To call (someone) on the telephone. Often used with up: She rang me at noon. Let's ring her up and invite her.
5. To test (a coin, for example) for quality by the sound it produces when struck against something.
1. The sound created by a bell or another sonorous vibrating object.
2. A loud sound, especially one that is repeated or continued.
3. A telephone call: Give me a ring when you have time.
4. A suggestion of a particular quality: His offer has a suspicious ring.
5. A set of bells.
6. The act or an instance of sounding a bell.
Phrasal Verb:
ring up
1. To record, especially by means of a cash register: ring up a sale.
2. To accomplish or achieve: rang up several consecutive victories.
3. Baseball
a. To call (a batter) out on strikes. Used of an umpire.
b. To strike out (a batter). Used of a pitcher.
ring a bell Informal
To arouse an often indistinct memory.
ring down the curtain
To end a performance, event, or action.
ring (someone's) chimes/bells Slang
To knock (an opponent) out by physical or other force.
ring up the curtain
To begin a performance, event, or action.

[Middle English ringen, from Old English hringan.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rings - gymnastic apparatus consisting of a pair of heavy metal circles (usually covered with leather) suspended by ropesrings - gymnastic apparatus consisting of a pair of heavy metal circles (usually covered with leather) suspended by ropes; used for gymnastic exercises; "the rings require a strong upper body"
exerciser, gymnastic apparatus - sports equipment used in gymnastic exercises
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
References in classic literature ?
Oh, how could I not be ardent for Eternity and for the marriage-ring of rings--the ring of the return?
Suppose now that there were two such magic rings, and the just put on one of them and the unjust the other;,no man can be imagined to be of such an iron nature that he would stand fast in justice.
Do not reason about it, my philosphical reader, and say that Hetty, being very pretty, must have known that it did not signify whether she had on any ornaments or not; and that, moreover, to look at ear- rings which she could not possibly wear out of her bedroom could hardly be a satisfaction, the essence of vanity being a reference to the impressions produced on others; you will never understand women's natures if you are so excessively rational.
At last, having duly performed the ceremony, having signed the rings with the cross, the priest handed Kitty the big ring, and Levin the little one.
Only no one knew where the ring was hidden, nor was there any sorcerer or learned man to be found who would be able to explain the inscription.
and she slipped a ring from her finger onto D'Artagnan's.
In they came with rattle of steel and clashing of swords, and ring of horses' feet on cobblestones, whereat a flock of pigeons that strutted in the sun flew with flapping wings to the high eaves of the round towers.
The bull is killed many times in the bull-fight, and the bull does not come into the the ring out of desire.
It does not mention the fact that when the man was raised up, a woman's wedding ring fell upon the floor.
then my action would depend upon the menial who answered my reckless ring.
He had not gone to bed that night; but was in the pantry at the back of the house, putting away the silver, when he heard the bell ring violently.
She threw out her hands to emphasize her words and Raoul turned pale, not only because of the words which he had heard, but because he had caught sight of a plain gold ring on Christine's finger.