1. a characteristic sound;
- Example: "it has the ring of sincerity"
2. a toroidal shape;
- Example: "a ring of ships in the harbor"
- Example: "a halo of smoke"
[syn: ring, halo, annulus, doughnut, anchor ring]
3. a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling;
- Example: "there was still a rusty iron hoop for tying a horse"
[syn: hoop, ring]
4. (chemistry) a chain of atoms in a molecule that forms a closed loop;
[syn: closed chain, ring]
5. an association of criminals;
- Example: "police tried to break up the gang"
- Example: "a pack of thieves"
[syn: gang, pack, ring, mob]
6. the sound of a bell ringing;
- Example: "the distinctive ring of the church bell"
- Example: "the ringing of the telephone"
- Example: "the tintinnabulation that so voluminously swells from the ringing and the dinging of the bells"--E. A. Poe
[syn: ring, ringing, tintinnabulation]
7. a platform usually marked off by ropes in which contestants box or wrestle;
8. jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal (often set with jewels) worn on the finger;
- Example: "she had rings on every finger"
- Example: "he noted that she wore a wedding band"
[syn: ring, band]
9. a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration);
[syn: band, ring]
1. sound loudly and sonorously;
- Example: "the bells rang"
[syn: ring, peal]
2. ring or echo with sound;
- Example: "the hall resounded with laughter"
[syn: resound, echo, ring, reverberate]
3. make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification;
- Example: "Ring the bells"
- Example: "My uncle rings every Sunday at the local church"
[syn: ring, knell]
4. get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone;
- Example: "I tried to call you all night"
- Example: "Take two aspirin and call me in the morning"
[syn: call, telephone, call up, phone, ring]
5. extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle;
- Example: "The forest surrounds my property"
[syn: surround, environ, ring, skirt, border]
6. attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify;
- Example: "ring birds"
- Example: "band the geese to observe their migratory patterns"
[syn: ring, band]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ring \Ring\, v. i. 1. To sound, as a bell or other sonorous body, particularly a metallic one. [1913 Webster] Now ringen trompes loud and clarion. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] Why ring not out the bells? --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To practice making music with bells. --Holder. [1913 Webster] 3. To sound loud; to resound; to be filled with a ringing or reverberating sound. [1913 Webster] With sweeter notes each rising temple rung. --Pope. [1913 Webster] The hall with harp and carol rang. --Tennyson. [1913 Webster] My ears still ring with noise. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] 4. To continue to sound or vibrate; to resound. [1913 Webster] The assertion is still ringing in our ears. --Burke. [1913 Webster] 5. To be filled with report or talk; as, the whole town rings with his fame. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ring \Ring\ (r[i^]ng), v. t. [imp. Rang (r[a^]ng) or Rung (r[u^]ng); p. p. Rung; p. pr. & vb. n. Ringing.] [AS. hringan; akin to Icel. hringja, Sw. ringa, Dan. ringe, OD. ringhen, ringkelen. [root]19.] 1. To cause to sound, especially by striking, as a metallic body; as, to ring a bell. [1913 Webster] 2. To make (a sound), as by ringing a bell; to sound. [1913 Webster] The shard-borne beetle, with his drowsy hums, Hath rung night's yawning peal. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. To repeat often, loudly, or earnestly. [1913 Webster] To ring a peal, to ring a set of changes on a chime of bells. To ring the changes upon. See under Change. To ring in or To ring out, to usher, attend on, or celebrate, by the ringing of bells; as, to ring out the old year and ring in the new. --Tennyson. To ring the bells backward, to sound the chimes, reversing the common order; -- formerly done as a signal of alarm or danger. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ring \Ring\, n. 1. A sound; especially, the sound of vibrating metals; as, the ring of a bell. [1913 Webster] 2. Any loud sound; the sound of numerous voices; a sound continued, repeated, or reverberated. [1913 Webster] The ring of acclamations fresh in his ears. --Bacon [1913 Webster] 3. A chime, or set of bells harmonically tuned. [1913 Webster] As great and tunable a ring of bells as any in the world. --Fuller. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ring \Ring\, n. [AS. hring, hrinc; akin to Fries. hring, D. & G. ring, OHG. ring, hring, Icel. hringr, DAn. & SW. ring; cf. Russ. krug'. Cf. Harangue, Rank a row,Rink.] A circle, or a circular line, or anything in the form of a circular line or hoop. [1913 Webster] 2. 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. [1913 Webster] Upon his thumb he had of gold a ring. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] The dearest ring in Venice will I give you. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 3. A circular area in which races are or run or other sports are performed; an arena. [1913 Webster] Place me, O, place me in the dusty ring, Where youthful charioteers contend for glory. --E. Smith. [1913 Webster] 4. An inclosed space in which pugilists fight; hence, figuratively, prize fighting. "The road was an institution, the ring was an institution." --Thackeray. [1913 Webster] 5. A circular group of persons. [1913 Webster] And hears the Muses in a ring Aye round about Jove's alter sing. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 6. (Geom.) (a) The plane figure included between the circumferences of two concentric circles. (b) 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. [1913 Webster] 7. (Astron. & Navigation) 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. [1913 Webster] 8. (Bot.) An elastic band partly or wholly encircling the spore cases of ferns. See Illust. of Sporangium. [1913 Webster] 9. A clique; an exclusive combination of persons for a selfish purpose, as to control the market, distribute offices, obtain contracts, etc. [1913 Webster] The ruling ring at Constantinople. --E. A. Freeman. [1913 Webster] Ring armor, armor composed of rings of metal. See Ring mail, below, and Chain mail, under Chain. Ring blackbird (Zool.), the ring ousel. Ring canal (Zool.), the circular water tube which surrounds the esophagus of echinoderms. Ring dotterel, or Ringed dotterel. (Zool.) See Dotterel, and Illust. of Pressiroster. Ring dropper, a sharper who pretends to have found a ring (dropped by himself), and tries to induce another to buy it as valuable, it being worthless. Ring fence. See under Fence. Ring finger, the third finger of the left hand, or the next the little finger, on which the ring is placed in marriage. Ring formula (Chem.), a graphic formula in the shape of a closed ring, as in the case of benzene, pyridine, etc. See Illust. under Benzene. Ring mail, a kind of mail made of small steel rings sewed upon a garment of leather or of cloth. Ring micrometer. (Astron.) See Circular micrometer, under Micrometer. Saturn's rings. See Saturn. Ring ousel. (Zool.) See Ousel. Ring parrot (Zool.), any one of several species of Old World parrakeets having a red ring around the neck, especially Palaeornis torquatus, common in India, and Palaeornis Alexandri of Java. Ring plover. (Zool.) (a) The ringed dotterel. (b) Any one of several small American plovers having a dark ring around the neck, as the semipalmated plover (Aegialitis semipalmata). Ring snake (Zool.), a small harmless American snake (Diadophis punctatus) having a white ring around the neck. The back is ash-colored, or sage green, the belly of an orange red. Ring stopper. (Naut.) See under Stopper. Ring thrush (Zool.), the ring ousel. The prize ring, the ring in which prize fighters contend; prize fighters, collectively. The ring. (a) The body of sporting men who bet on horse races. [Eng.] (b) The prize ring. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ring \Ring\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Ringed; p. pr. & vb. n. Ringing.] 1. To surround with a ring, or as with a ring; to encircle. "Ring these fingers." --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. (Hort.) To make a ring around by cutting away the bark; to girdle; as, to ring branches or roots. [1913 Webster] 3. To fit with a ring or with rings, as the fingers, or a swine's snout. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ring \Ring\, v. i. (Falconry) To rise in the air spirally. [1913 Webster]Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
512 Moby Thesaurus words for "ring": Bund, Chinese boxing, DDD, Kekule formula, O, Rochdale cooperative, affiliation, agora, alliance, amphitheater, anklet, annular muscle, annulet, annulus, anthelion, antisun, arena, areola, armlet, armory, assemblage, association, athletic field, atomic cluster, auditorium, aura, aureole, awake the dead, axis, background, badge, badge of office, badges, band, bandeau, bangle, baton, beads, bear garden, bearing, begird, bell, belt, belt in, benzene ring, bijou, bilge, bind, blain, blast, blast the ear, blazonry, bleb, blister, blob, bloc, body, bong, boom, border, boss, bout, bow, bowl, boxing, boxing match, boxing ring, bracelet, branched chain, brassard, breastpin, brooch, brotherhood, bubble, bulb, bulge, bull ring, bulla, bump, bunch, burl, busy signal, button, buzz, cabal, cadre, cahot, call, call up, camarilla, camp, campus, canvas, cap and gown, cartel, cell, cestus, chain, chain of office, change ringing, chaplet, charm, charmed circle, 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envelop, equator, eternal return, eye, eyelet, faction, fairy ring, fasces, fascia, federation, field, fighting, figurehead, fill the air, fillet, finger ring, fisticuffs, flange, flap, fleur-de-lis, floor, fob, forum, fraternity, free trade area, gall, gang, garland, gem, gird, girdle, girt, girth, give a ring, gland, glory, gnarl, gong, great circle, grommet, ground, group, grouping, guild, gym, gymnasium, hall, halo, hammer and sickle, handle, hang up, hem, heraldry, heterocycle, hill, hippodrome, hold the phone, homocycle, hoop, hump, hunch, infighting, ingroup, inner circle, insignia, jangle, jangling, jewel, jingle, jingle-jangle, jinglejangle, jingling, jog, joggle, junta, junto, keys, knell, knelling, knob, knoll, knot, knur, knurl, lapel pin, lasso, lattice, league, lip, listen in, lists, livery, local call, locale, locket, logical circle, long distance, long-distance call, loop, looplet, lump, lunar corona, lunar halo, mace, machine, magic circle, make a call, mantle, marketplace, markings, mat, medal, milieu, miter, mob, mobile call, mock moon, mock sun, mole, molecule, mountain, neckband, necklace, nevus, nimbus, noose, nose ring, nub, nubbin, nubble, old school tie, open forum, orbit, organization, outfit, pack, palaestra, pallium, papilloma, parade ground, paraselene, parhelic circle, parhelion, partnership, party, pastoral staff, peal, peal ringing, pealing, peg, person-to-person call, phone, phone call, pin, pit, place, platform, political machine, precinct, precious stone, prize ring, prizefight, prizefighting, public square, pugilism, purlieu, quoit, radical, radius, rainbow, range, rattle the windows, red hat, regalia, rend the air, rend the ears, resonate, resonating, resound, reverberate, reverberating, reverberation, rhinestone, rib, ridge, ring changes, ring off, ring up, ringing, ringlet, rink, rise, rock the sky, rondelle, rose, round, roundel, roundlet, saucer, savate, scene, scene of action, scenery, school ring, secret society, set, setting, shadowboxing, shamrock, shoulder, side chain, sigillography, simple radical, sisterhood, site, skull and crossbones, society, solar corona, solar halo, sorority, sound, sound a knell, sounding, space-lattice, spar, sphere, sphincter, sphragistics, spine, split the eardrums, split the ears, squared circle, stadium, staff, stage, stage set, stage setting, staple, startle the echoes, station-to-station call, stickpin, stone, straight chain, stud, stun, style, sun dog, surge, surround, swastika, swell, tab, tartan, team, telephone, telephone call, terrain, the clinches, the fights, the ring, theater, thistle, thunder, tiara, tie, tilting ground, tiltyard, tin, ting, ting-a-ling, tingle, tingling, tink, tinkle, tinkling, tinnitus, tintinnabulate, toll, toll call, tolling, torque, triple crown, tubercle, tubercule, twine around, uniform, union, verge, verruca, vesicle, vicious circle, wale, walk, wampum, wand, wart, washer, we-group, welt, wheel, wreath, wreathe, wreathe around, wrestling ring, wristband, wristlet, zodiac, zone