• WordNet 3.6
    • n rung one of the crosspieces that form the steps of a ladder
    • n rung a crosspiece between the legs of a chair
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The correct name for the capital city of Thailand is rung Thep, and it's been this way for over 130 years. Foreigners persist on calling it Bangkok.
    • Rung imp. & p. p. of Ring.
    • Rung (Shipbuilding) A floor timber in a ship.
    • Rung (Mach) One of the radial handles projecting from the rim of a steering wheel; also, one of the pins or trundles of a lantern wheel.
    • Rung One of the rounds of a ladder.
    • Rung One of the stakes of a cart; a spar; a heavy staff.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The biggest bell is the "Tsar Kolokol" cast in the Kremlin in 1733. It weighs 216 tons, but alas, is cracked and has never been rung. The bell was being stored in a Moscow shed which caught fire. To "save" it, caretakers decided to throw water on the bell. This did not succeed, as the water hit the superheated metal and a giant piece immediately cracked off, destroying the bell forever.
    • n rung A rod or bar; a heavy staff; hence, a cudgel; a club.
    • n rung Specifically A round or step of a ladder.
    • n rung One of the bars of a windmill-sail.
    • n rung A spoke or bar of a wallower or lantern-wheel; a rundle.
    • n rung Nautical: One of the projecting handles of a steering-wheel.
    • n rung A floor-timber in a ship.
    • n rung Preterit and past participle of ring.
    • rung Ringed; having a ring through the snout, as a hog.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Rung rung one of the floor-timbers of a ship: one of the rounds of a ladder: a bar: a heavy staff: a cudgel: one of the radial handles of a steering-wheel.
    • pa.t., pa.p Rung rung of ring
    • adj Rung having a ring through the nose, as a hog
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  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “When a nation's young men are conservative, its funeral bell is already rung.”
  • Publilius Syrus
    “Do not despise the bottom rungs in the ascent to greatness.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. ronge, AS. hrung, a staff, rod, pole; akin to G. runge, a short, thick piece of iron or wood, OD. ronghe, a prop, support, Icel. röng, a rib in a ship, Goth. Hrugga, a staff


In literature:

With a great effort I raised myself rung by rung on the ladder.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Taylor's right boot touched the top rung of the ladder.
"The Whispering Spheres" by Russell Robert Winterbotham
You'd thought four eights had been rung in and all the water-towers in New York was turned loose on us.
"Shorty McCabe" by Sewell Ford
Lennon had to crook his right elbow through the rungs to get any use of his injured arm.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
Shouts of treason rung through the palace.
"The Reign of Mary Tudor" by James Anthony Froude
He ain't been rung for thirty year.
"The Nebuly Coat" by John Meade Falkner
An' I'll 'ave the bells answered the first time, an' no waitin' till they're rung twice or three times, mind!
"Nell, of Shorne Mills" by Charles Garvice
The big, ruddy face retreated a few rungs.
"This World Must Die!" by Horace Brown Fyfe
Antoninus could scale the ladder up the tall cedar, three rungs at a time, and come down hand over hand without putting his foot on a rest.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8" by Elbert Hubbard
At last the bell for dismissal had rung.
"Emmy Lou" by George Madden Martin

In poetry:

The chill buoy-bell is rung by the hands
Of all the drowned,
Who know the woe of the wind and tow
Of the tides around.
"A Sea-Ghost" by Cale Young Rice
The Scalds had chaunted in Runic rhyme,
Their songs of the Sword and the olden time,
And a solemn thrill, as the harp-chords rung,
Had breath'd from the walls where the bright spears hung.
"The Sicilian Captive" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
Is it hung in an ancient turret?
Is it swung by a mortal hand?
Is it chiming in woe or gladness,
Its symphonies sweet and grand?
Is it rung for a shadowy sorrow,
In the shadowy phantom land?
"The Midnight Chime" by Emma Alice Browne
If yet, the wilds among,
Our silent hearts may burn,
When the deep mountain-horn hath rung,
And home our steps may turn,
—Home!—home!—if still that name be dear,
Praise to the men who perish'd here!
"Swiss Song, On The Anniversary Of An Ancient Battle" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans
How is he wendin', John Tod, John Tod?
How is he wendin', John Tod?
He's scourin' the land,
Wi' his rung in his hand,
An' the French wadna frighten John Tod, John Tod,
An' the French wadna frighten John Tod.
"John Tod" by Carolina Oliphant
But ever since Florence was fair and young,
And the sun upon turret and belfry shone,
Were her windows bannered and joy—bells rung,
When back to his saddle the Stranger sprung,
And lances were lifted and pikemen gone.
"Invocation" by Alfred Austin

In news:

To generations of G-Men, these were known as "black bag jobs" — illegal acts ordered in the name of national security by officials at the highest rungs of the FBI.
15 Years on the Bottom Rung.
But Makena Rung and her family found out someone stole her social security number .
Elise Testone found herself in the bottom three once again last week, and this week she seemed more than determined to stake her claim in the competition and get herself off that lower rung.
A bell was rung Thursday in memory of every US Navy submarine sunk in World War II and the Cold War.
Rungs are spaced every 2 3/4 in.
Arrangements are pending at Runge Mortuary, Davenport.
An opening bell was rung to mark the Aug 21 dedication of the Micron Business and Economics Building at Boise State.
The opening bell was rung at 10 am sharp.
View full size Reader submission Proud University of Oregon alum (and Canadian citizen) James Runge ('04) shows his dual support for Team Canada and the University of Oregon at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C.
Last week, alarms were rung about a possible bacon shortage.
Two three-rung ladders are spaced 15 to 20 feet apart.
San Francisco – The name Beasley has rung true in the streets of Bayview Hunters Point since before the Double Rock housing projects were built in the 1950s.
For some, it's a quick fall to the bottom rung of the food chain.
It's harder to move up the IT career ladder within your organization these days because the rungs don't stay put.

In science:

The evolution equations for the stress and the fluidity, Eq. (6), have been solved numerically using a pseudo-spectral method, together with a Runge-Kutta integrator .
A simple model for heterogeneous flows of yield stress fluids
The system was integrated in time with a fourth order Runge-Kutta method.
Complex behavior from a simple physical system: A numerical investigation
We use linear interpolation to obtain the magnetic fiel d between grid points, employ secondorder Runge-Kutta to integrate field-lines, and iterativel y reduce the length step in the field-line integrations to achieve convergence.
Thermal conduction and particle transport in strong MHD turbulence, with application to galaxy-cluster plasmas
W ∼ 2t for strong magnetic rung couplings ) or even in the square lattice, which has a gapless spectrum, where W ∼ 2.2J .
Spin-Charge Separation in Two-dimensional Frustrated Quantum Magnets
A and B are also up for the same reason as the left-most rung.
Exact Ground-State Energies of the Random-Field Ising Chain and Ladder