Meaning of RING in English

RING

I .

/ rɪŋ; NAmE / noun , verb

—see also ring (II)

■ noun

JEWELLERY

1.

[ C ] a piece of jewellery that you wear on your finger, consisting of a round band of gold, silver, etc., sometimes decorated with precious stones :

a gold ring

A diamond glittered on her ring finger (= the finger next to the little finger, especially on the left hand) .

—see also engagement ring , signet ring , wedding ring

CIRCLE

2.

[ C ] an object in the shape of a circle with a large hole in the middle :

a key ring

curtain rings

onion rings

3.

[ C ] a round mark or shape :

She had dark rings around her eyes from lack of sleep.

The children sat on the floor in a ring.

FOR PERFORMANCE / COMPETITION

4.

[ C ] a confined area in which animals or people perform or compete, with seats around the outside for the audience :

a boxing ring

a circus ring

—see also bullring

FOR COOKING

5.

[ C ] ( especially BrE ) a small flat place on a cooker / stove that is heated by gas or electricity and is used for cooking on

SYN burner :

to turn off the gas ring

—picture at cooker

GROUP OF PEOPLE

6.

[ C ] a group of people who are working together, especially in secret or illegally :

a spy ring

a drugs ring

IDIOMS

- run rings around / round sb

—more at hat

■ verb

( ringed , ringed ) [ vn ]

SURROUND

1.

[ often passive ] ring sb/sth (with sth) to surround sb/sth :

Thousands of demonstrators ringed the building.

BIRD'S LEG

2.

to put a metal ring around a bird's leg so that it can be easily identified in the future

DRAW CIRCLE

3.

( especially BrE ) to draw a circle around sth

SYN circle :

Ring the correct answer in pencil.

II .

/ rɪŋ; NAmE / verb , noun

—see also ring (I)

■ verb

( rang / ræŋ; NAmE / rung / rʌŋ; NAmE /)

TELEPHONE

1.

( BrE ) (also call NAmE , BrE ) ring sb/sth (up) to telephone sb/sth :

[ vn ]

I'll ring you up later.

He rang up the police station.

When is the best time to ring New York?

[ v ]

David rang up while you were out.

He said he was ringing from London.

I'm ringing about your advertisement in the paper.

Could you ring for a cab?

She rang to say she'd be late.

➡ note at phone

2.

[ v ] ( of a telephone ) to make a sound because sb is trying to telephone you :

Will you answer the telephone if it rings?

BELL

3.

if you ring a bell or if a bell rings , it produces a sound :

[ vn ]

Someone was ringing the doorbell.

[ v ]

The church bells rang.

Just ring for the nurse (= attract the nurse's attention by ringing a bell) if you need her.

WITH SOUND

4.

[ v ] ring (with sth) ( literary ) to be full of a sound; to fill a place with sound

SYN resound :

The house rang with children's laughter.

Applause rang through the hall.

WITH QUALITY

5.

[ v ] to be full of a particular quality :

His words rang with pride.

OF EARS

6.

[ v ] to be uncomfortable and be unable to hear clearly, usually because you have heard a loud noise, etc. :

The music was so loud it made my ears ring.

IDIOMS

- ring a bell

- ring the changes (with sth)

- ring in your ears / head

- ring off the hook

- ring true / hollow / false

—more at alarm noun

PHRASAL VERBS

- ring around

- ring back | ring sb back

- ring in

- ring in sth

- ring off

- ring out

- ring round (sb/sth) | ring around (sb/sth)

- ring through (to sb)

- ring sth up

■ noun

OF BELL

1.

[ C ] the sound that a bell makes; the act of ringing a bell :

There was a ring at the door.

He gave a couple of loud rings on the doorbell.

SOUND

2.

[ sing. ] a loud clear sound :

the ring of horse's hooves on the cobblestones

QUALITY

3.

[ sing. ] ring (of sth) a particular quality that words, sounds, etc. have :

His explanation has a ring of truth about it.

Her protestation of innocence had a hollow ring to it (= did not sound sincere) .

The story had a familiar ring to it (= as if I had heard it before) .

IDIOMS

- give sb a ring

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WORD ORIGIN

I . Old English hring , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ring , German Ring , also to the noun rank .

II . Old English hringan , of Germanic origin, perhaps imitative.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.