• WordNet 3.6
    • v ring get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone "I tried to call you all night","Take two aspirin and call me in the morning"
    • v ring attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify "ring birds","band the geese to observe their migratory patterns"
    • v ring extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle "The forest surrounds my property"
    • v ring sound loudly and sonorously "the bells rang"
    • v ring make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification "Ring the bells","My uncle rings every Sunday at the local church"
    • v ring ring or echo with sound "the hall resounded with laughter"
    • n ring a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration)
    • n ring a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling "there was still a rusty iron hoop for tying a horse"
    • n ring jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal (often set with jewels) worn on the finger "she had rings on every finger","he noted that she wore a wedding band"
    • n ring a platform usually marked off by ropes in which contestants box or wrestle
    • n ring a characteristic sound "it has the ring of sincerity"
    • n ring the sound of a bell ringing "the distinctive ring of the church bell","the ringing of the telephone","the tintinnabulation that so voluminously swells from the ringing and the dinging of the bells"--E. A. Poe"
    • n ring an association of criminals "police tried to break up the gang","a pack of thieves"
    • n ring (chemistry) a chain of atoms in a molecule that forms a closed loop
    • n ring a toroidal shape "a ring of ships in the harbor","a halo of smoke"
    • ***

Additional illustrations & photos:

King Arthur ringed by Knights King Arthur ringed by Knights
With all her womanly faith, and all her ear-rings and breast-pins, etc., etc With all her womanly faith, and all her ear-rings and breast-pins, etc., etc
Rope Ring Rope Ring
The Master of Ringing Island--5-03-544 The Master of Ringing Island--5-03-544
The Assyrian "Ring with Wings." The Assyrian "Ring with Wings."
The Proud Ring-Finger The Proud Ring-Finger

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Scientists have discovered that the longer the ring finger is in boys the less chance they have of having a heart attack
    • Ring A chime, or set of bells harmonically tuned. "As great and tunable a ring of bells as any in the world."
    • n Ring A circle, or a circular line, or anything in the form of a circular line or hoop.
    • Ring A circular area in which races are or run or other sports are performed; an arena.
    • Ring A circular group of persons.
    • Ring A clique; an exclusive combination of persons for a selfish purpose, as to control the market, distribute offices, obtain contracts, etc.
    • Ring A sound; especially, the sound of vibrating metals; as, the ring of a bell.
    • Ring (Bot) An elastic band partly or wholly encircling the spore cases of ferns. See Illust. of Sporangium.
    • Ring An inclosed space in which pugilists fight; hence, figuratively, prize fighting.
    • Ring (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.
    • Ring Any loud sound; the sound of numerous voices; a sound continued, repeated, or reverberated. "The ring of acclamations fresh in his ears."
    • Ring 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 .
    • Ring (Geom) The plane figure included between the circumferences of two concentric circles.
    • Ring (Geom) 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.
    • Ring To be filled with report or talk; as, the whole town rings with his fame.
    • Ring To cause to sound, especially by striking, as a metallic body; as, to ring a bell.
    • Ring To continue to sound or vibrate; to resound. "The assertion is still ringing in our ears."
    • Ring To fit with a ring or with rings, as the fingers, or a swine's snout.
    • Ring To make (a sound), as by ringing a bell; to sound. "The shard-borne beetle, with his drowsy hums,
      Hath rung night's yawning peal."
    • Ring (Hort) To make a ring around by cutting away the bark; to girdle; as, to ring branches or roots.
    • Ring To practice making music with bells.
    • Ring To repeat often, loudly, or earnestly.
    • v. i Ring (Falconry) To rise in the air spirally.
    • Ring To sound loud; to resound; to be filled with a ringing or reverberating sound. "With sweeter notes each rising temple rung .""The hall with harp and carol rang .""My ears still ring with noise."
    • Ring To sound, as a bell or other sonorous body, particularly a metallic one. "Now ringen trompes loud and clarion.""Why ring not out the bells?"
    • Ring To surround with a ring, or as with a ring; to encircle. "Ring these fingers."
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Annually 17 tons of gold is used to make wedding rings in the United States
    • n ring A circular body with a comparatively large central circular opening. Specifically— A circular band of any material or size, or designed for any purpose; a circlet; a hoop: as, a key-ring; a napkin-ring; an umbrella-ring; a ring-bolt; a ring-dial; especially, a circlet of gold or other material worn as an ornament upon the finger, in the ear, or upon some other part of the body.
    • n ring Hence— A circular group; a circular disposition of persons or things.
    • n ring One of the circular layers of wood acquired periodically by many growing trees. See annual ring, below.
    • n ring In geometry: The area or space between two concentric circles.
    • n ring An anallagmatic surface; an anchor-ring.
    • n ring A circle or circular line. Hence— A circular course; a revolution; a circuit.
    • n ring A limiting boundary; compass.
    • n ring A constantly curving line; a helix.
    • n ring A circular or oval or even square area; an arena. An area in which games or sports are performed.
    • n ring The inclosure in which pugilists fight, usually a square area marked off by a rope and stakes.
    • n ring The betting-arena on a race-course.
    • n ring The space in which horses are exhibited or exercised at a cattle-show or market, or on a public promenade.
    • n ring A combination of persons for attaining such objects as the controlling of the market in stocks, or the price of a commodity, or the effecting of personal and selfish (especially corrupt) ends, as by the control of political or legislative agencies.
    • n ring In the language of produce-exchanges, a device to simplify the settlement of contracts for delivery, where the same quantity of a commodity is called for by several contracts, the buyer in one being the seller in another, the object of the ring being to fill all contracts by delivery made by the first seller to the last buyer.
    • n ring In architecture: A list, cincture, or annulet round a column.
    • n ring An archivolt, in its specific sense of the arch proper.
    • n ring An instrument formerly used for taking the sun's altitude, etc., consisting of a ring, usually of brass, suspended by a swivel, with a hole in one side, through which a solar ray entering indicated the altitude upon the inner graduated concave surface. Compare ring-dial.
    • n ring In angling, a guide.
    • n ring In anatomy and zoology, an annulus; any circular part or structure like a ring or hoop: as, a tracheal ring (one of the circular hoop-like cartilages of the windpipe); a somitic ring (an annular somite, as one of the segments of a worm); a ring of color.
    • n ring In botany, same as annulus.
    • n ring A commercial measure of staves, or wood prepared for casks, containing four shocks, or 240 pieces.
    • ring To be round about in the form of a circle; form a ring about; encircle; encompass; gird.
    • ring To take a position around; surround; hence, to hem in; specifically, in Australia, to keep (cattle) together, by riding around them in a circle.
    • ring In the manège, to exercise by causing to run round in a ring while being held by a long rein; lunge.
    • ring To provide with a ring or rings; mark or decorate with rings; especially, to fit with a metallic ring, as the finger, or as an animal or its nose; also, to furnish with rings, or attach rings to, for the line to run in, as an anglers' rod.
    • ring To wed with a marriage-ring.
    • ring In horticulture, to cut out a ring of bark from, as from a branch or root, in order to obstruct the return of the sap and oblige it to accumulate above the part operated on.
    • ring To ring a quoit, to throw it so that it encircles the pin.
    • ring To form a ring.
    • ring To move in rings or in a constantly curving course.
    • ring To cause (a bell or other sonorous body, usually metallic) to sound, particularly by striking. In the United States ring and toll are sometimes distinguished, the former being applied to swinging a bell so as to throw the clapper against it, and the latter to striking it while at rest with a hammer. See toll.
    • ring To produce by or as by ringing, as a sound or peal.
    • ring To announce or celebrate by ringing; usher with ringing, as of bells; hence, to proclaim or introduce musically: often followed by in or out.
    • ring To utter sonorously; repeat often, loudly, or earnestly; sound: as, to ring one's praises.
    • ring Hence— (also
    • ring To give forth a musical, resonant, and metallic sound; resound, as a bell or other sonorous body when set in sudden vibration by a blow or otherwise: as, the anvil rang.
    • ring To ring a bell; especially, to give a signal with a bell: as, to ring for a servant or a messenger.
    • ring To sound loudly and clearly, like the tone of a bell; be distinctly audible: as, the music still rings in our ears.
    • ring To resound; reverberate; echo.
    • ring To have the sensation of a continued humming or buzzing sound: as, to make one's head ring.
    • ring To exercise or follow the art of bell-ringing.
    • ring To be filled with report or talk: as, the whole town rings with his fame.
    • ring To be widely heard of or known; be celebrated.
    • n ring The sound of a bell or other sonorous body, usually metallic; the sound produced by striking metal; a clang; a peal.
    • n ring Any loud sound, or the sounds of numerous voices; sound continued, repeated, or reverberated.
    • n ring Characteristic sound.
    • n ring A set of bells tuned to each other; a chime, peal, or carillon.
    • n ring In salt-making, a fire-brick arch of varying length, placed under the evaporating-pans to temper the heat and so prevent the salt from being burned.
    • n ring A circular device, with a lip or flange upon which an elliptical clip called a traveler runs, for twisting and winding the yarn on a bobbin, on a ring-spinning machine.
    • n ring A section of tan-bark, usually 4 feet long.
    • n ring In cricket, the boundary; the limits of the field of play: so called because in some cases the cricket-field is oval or round.
    • n ring In chem., same as closed chain.
    • ring To circle around (the game) in order to catch the scent: said of a field-dog.
    • ring In printing, to draw a ring around, as an unmarked change in type, on a proof.
    • ring To make the best score in shearing sheep. See ringer, 3.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The bestselling books of all time are The Bible (6billion+), Quotations from the Works of Mao Tse-tung (900million+), and The Lord of the Rings (100million+)
    • n Ring ring a circle: a small hoop, usually of metal, worn on the finger or in the ear as an ornament: a circular area for races, &c.: a circular course, a revolution: a clique organised to control the market: an arena or prize-ring: the commercial measure of staves for casks: :
    • v.t Ring to encircle: to fit with a ring: to surround: to wed with a ring:
    • v.i Ring to move in rings
    • v.i Ring ring to sound as a bell when struck: to tinkle: to practise the art of ringing bells: to continue to sound: to be filled with report: to resound: to echo
    • v.t Ring to cause to sound, as a metal: to produce by ringing:—pa.t. rang, rung; pa.p. rung
    • n Ring a sound, esp. of metals: the sound of many voices: a chime of many bells
    • n Ring ring (archit.) a cincture round a column
    • n Ring ring (anat.) an annulus: a group or combination of persons
    • v.t Ring (hort.) to cut out a ring of bark from a tree
    • ***


  • George Foreman
    George Foreman
    “I am a winner each and every time I go into the ring.”
  • Thomas Hood
    Thomas Hood
    “My books kept me from the ring, the dog-pit, the tavern, and the saloon.”
  • Billy Joel
    Billy Joel
    “Like a boxer in a title fight, you have to walk in that ring alone.”
  • Newt Gingrich
    Newt Gingrich
    “In every election in American history both parties have their cliches. The party that has the cliches that ring true wins.”
  • Ernest Hemingway
    “I'm not going to get into the ring with Tolstoy.”
  • Lord Lew Grade
    Lord Lew Grade
    “You can't wait for the phone to ring. You have to ring them.”


Ring a bell - If something rings a bell, it reminds you of something you have heard before, though you may not be able to remember it very well. A name may ring a bell, so you know you have heard the name before, but cannot place it properly.
Run rings around someone - If you run rings around someone, you are so much better than them that they have no chance of keeping up with you.
Throw your hat in the ring - If someone throws their hat in the ring, they announce that they want to take part in a competition or contest. 'Toss your hat in the ring' is an alternative.
Who will ring the bell? - 'Who will ring the bell?' asks who will assume the responsibility to help us out of a difficult situation.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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


In literature:

The ring of a bugle startles me from this pleasant reverie.
"The War Trail" by Mayne Reid
But remember Polycrates, bishop, and throw your ring into the sea.
"The Bishop's Secret" by Fergus Hume
Shortly after Mary had left the Castle the Countess missed a valuable diamond ring.
"The Basket of Flowers" by Christoph von Schmid
Ada was looking uncommonly pretty just then; he could get the ring equally well a few minutes later.
"The Tinted Venus" by F. Anstey
Giv'n by Ulysses, heard with flutt'ring heart And fault'ring knees that proof.
"The Odyssey of Homer" by Homer
A dancer advances from the ring.
"Games For All Occasions" by Mary E. Blain
It was Andvari's ring, the ring he had placed on her finger.
"The Children of Odin" by Padraic Colum
The rings may be cut out free-hand by folding the paper as in Fig.
"Little Folks' Handy Book" by Lina Beard
Pete found no hollow ring in it.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Diamond buttons and diamond rings are absolutely vulgar.
"The Complete Bachelor" by Walter Germain

In poetry:

He broke a ring between them two;
He made a vow to bind him
To death, and beyond it to be true
To her he had left behind him.
"Keeping Tryst" by Nora Pembroke
“Perchance some ring is left with thee,
Some belt that did thy body bind?”
“Nay, no man may my borrow be,
My rings and belt are left behind.”
"Love's Reward" by William Morris
'Tis Christmas tide; ring, blessed bells!
The angels' song your anthem swells—
"To us this day a Child is given:
A Saviour born, the Christ from heaven!"
Ring, blessed bells!
"Bells" by Janet Hamilton
Let your song ring as rings the gurgling brook
That glides with silvery eddies mile on mile;
Let hopes and wishes bubble there like springs,
With sounds of power, and with a vivid smile.
"The Poet" by Hovhannes Hovhannessian
"Ring the bell, watchman! ring! ring! ring!
Yes, yes! the good news is now on the wing;
Yes, yes! they come, and with tidings to tell —
Glorious and blessed tidings —
Ring, ring the bell!"
"Ring the Bell, Watchman!" by Henry Clay Work
He gied the eldest a gay gold ring,
Hey Edinbruch, how Edinbruch.
He gied the eldest a gay gold ring,
Stirling for aye:
But he lo'ed the youngest aboon a' thing,
Bonny Sanct Johnstonne that stands upon Tay.
"The Twa Sisters" by Andrew Lang

In news:

Were called to rescue a woman whose belly button ring got stuck in the drain of a swimming pool.
Firefighters Rescue Woman Whose Belly Button Ring Gets Stuck in Pool Drain.
A mother had to be rescued by firefighters after she went to a swimming pool with her young daughter and her belly button ring became entangled in a drain.
AZTV7/Cable 13, Me-TV 7.2, RTV 7.3, Phoenix-Prescott, AZSwimmer's belly button ring gets caught on drain.
Tucson News NowSwimmer's belly button ring gets caught on drain.
Swimmer's Belly Button Ring Gets Caught on Drain.
Belly-button ring gets mom stuck in pool drain.
It took Colorado firefighters an hour to rescue a woman whose belly button ring was caught in a pool drain at a water park.
Lyman says it took about an hour to begin draining the pool while wiggling that ring.
When the school bells ring on Monday, Aug 20, there will be a new face to greet the students at Brewton Elementary School.
Bells ringing again in Belltown.
India Bramblett, 3, and her sister, Alice, 1, take a snack break with their mom, Christy, who grocery shops with a large arsenal of coupons stored in a three-ring binder.
Buy this ring on layaway.
The first of three "Lord of the Rings" prequels hits theaters Dec 14.
The popper measures 160 mm (6.3 inches), weighs 78 grams (2.75 ounces), and comes with 4/0 Mustad treble hooks and Halco's Fish Rings (split rings).

In science:

The rings A′ and B ′ are complete regular semi-local Noetherian rings of dimension n + m + 1.
Ramification of local fields with imperfect residue fields
Let A be a left noetherian ring and let B be a right noetherian ring.
Dualizing Complexes and Tilting Complexes over Simple Rings
Then R ∼= P [n] for some integer n and some invertible A-B -bimodule P , the rings A and B are Morita equivalent, and both are noetherian Gorenstein simple rings.
Dualizing Complexes and Tilting Complexes over Simple Rings
Let A be a ring and let B be a (left and right ) Goldie simple ring.
Dualizing Complexes and Tilting Complexes over Simple Rings
Since either A or B is a Goldie simple ring, it follows from Theorem 0.1 that both A and B are Goldie simple rings.
Dualizing Complexes and Tilting Complexes over Simple Rings