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  1. (noun) A circular object, form, line, or arrangement with a vacant circular center.
  2. (noun) A small circular band, generally made of precious metal and often set with jewels, worn on the finger.
  3. (noun) A circular band used for carrying, holding, or containing something: a napkin ring.
  4. (noun) 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. (noun) A circular movement or course, as in dancing.
  6. (noun) An enclosed, usually circular area in which exhibitions, sports, or contests take place: a circus ring.
  7. (noun) Sports A rectangular arena set off by stakes and ropes in which boxing or wrestling events are held.
  8. (noun) Sports The sport of boxing.
  9. (noun) Games An enclosed area in which bets are placed at a racetrack.
  10. (noun) Games Bookmakers considered as a group.
  11. (noun) An exclusive group of people acting privately or illegally to advance their own interests: a drug ring.
  12. (noun) A political contest; a race.
  13. (noun) Botany An annual ring.
  14. (noun) Mathematics The area between two concentric circles; annulus.
  15. (noun) Mathematics 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.
  16. (noun) Any of the turns constituting a spiral or helix.
  17. (noun) Chemistry A group of atoms linked by bonds that may be represented graphically in circular or triangular form. Also called closed chain.
  18. (verb-transitive) To surround with or as if with a ring; encircle. See Synonyms at surround.
  19. (verb-transitive) To form into a ring or rings.
  20. (verb-transitive) To ornament or supply with a ring or rings: ringed the door knocker with a wreath of holly.
  21. (verb-transitive) To remove a circular strip of bark around the circumference of (a tree trunk or branch); girdle.
  22. (verb-transitive) To put a ring in the nose of (an animal).
  23. (verb-transitive) To hem in (animals) by riding in a circle around them.
  24. (verb-transitive) Games To toss a ring over (a peg), as in horseshoes.
  25. (verb-intransitive) To form a ring or rings.
  26. (verb-intransitive) To move, run, or fly in a spiral or circular course.
  27. (verb-intransitive) To give forth a clear resonant sound.
  28. (verb-intransitive) To cause something to ring.
  29. (verb-intransitive) To sound a bell in order to summon someone: I'll ring for the maid.
  30. (verb-intransitive) To have a sound or character suggestive of a particular quality: a story that rings true.
  31. (verb-intransitive) To be filled with sound; resound: The room rang with the children's laughter.
  32. (verb-intransitive) To hear a persistent humming or buzzing: My ears were ringing from the sound of the blast.
  33. (verb-intransitive) To be filled with talk or rumor: The whole town rang with the bad news.
  34. (verb-transitive) To cause (a bell, for example) to ring.
  35. (verb-transitive) To produce (a sound) by or as if by ringing.
  36. (verb-transitive) To announce, proclaim, or signal by or as if by ringing: a clock that rings the hour.
  37. (verb-transitive) 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.
  38. (verb-transitive) To test (a coin, for example) for quality by the sound it produces when struck against something.
  39. (noun) The sound created by a bell or another sonorous vibrating object.
  40. (noun) A loud sound, especially one that is repeated or continued.
  41. (noun) A telephone call: Give me a ring when you have time.
  42. (noun) A suggestion of a particular quality: His offer has a suspicious ring.
  43. (noun) A set of bells.
  44. (noun) The act or an instance of sounding a bell.
  45. (phrasal-verb) ring up To record, especially by means of a cash register: ring up a sale.
  46. (phrasal-verb) ring up To accomplish or achieve; win: rang up several consecutive victories.
  47. (idiom) ring a bell Informal To arouse an often indistinct memory.
  48. (idiom) ring down the curtain To end a performance, event, or action.
  49. (idiom) chimes Slang To knock (an opponent) out by physical or other force.
  50. (idiom) ring up the curtain To begin a performance, event, or action.

Examples by Wordnik

  1. With the genitive to be supplied: brēac þonne mōste, 1488; imp. brūc þisses bēages, enjoy this ring, take this ring, 1217. - Beowulf
  2. With the genitive to be supplied: breác þonne môste, 1488; imp. brûc þisses beáges, enjoy this ring, take this ring, 1217. - Beowulf
  3. Brantefield's cause of belief, first: her ladyship declared that she never wore Sir Josseline's ring without putting on after it a guard ring, a ring which, being tighter than Sir Josseline's, kept it safe on her finger. - Tales and Novels — Volume 09
  4. They call the house. * ring ring ring* Burglar hears the answering machine pick up and goes, "Oh, awesome, empty house." - MetaChat
  5. I can't really complain since it's my own decision and I'm going back to Hafnarfjörður with a spanking new, albeit overpriced due to run amok inflation, bike. * ring ring* - MMOz


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