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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Ring
  1. To cause to sound, especially by striking, as a metallic body; as, to ring a bell.
  2. 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." [Shak.]
  3. To repeat often, loudly, or earnestly.

Etymology: AS. hringan; akin to Icel. hringja, Sw. ringa, Dan. ringe, OD. ringhen ringkelen. √19

verb Ring
  1. To sound, as a bell or other sonorous body, particularly a metallic one."Now ringen trompes loud and clarion." [Chaucer.]"Why ring not out the bells?" [Shak.]
  2. To practice making music with bells.
  3. To sound loud; to resound; to be filled with a ringing or reverberating sound."With sweeter notes each rising temple rung." [Pope.]"The hall with harp and carol rang." [Tennyson.]"My ears still ring with noise." [Dryden.]
  4. To continue to sound or vibrate; to resound."The assertion is still ringing in our ears." [Burke.]
  5. To be filled with report or talk; as, the whole town rings with his fame.
noun Ring
  1. A sound; especially, the sound of vibrating metals; as, the ring of a bell.
  2. Any loud sound; the sound of numerous voices; a sound continued, repeated, or reverberated."The ring of acclamations fresh in his ears." [Bacon]
  3. A chime, or set of bells harmonically tuned."As great and tunable a ring of bells as any in the world." [Fuller.]
noun Ring
A circle, or a circular line, or anything in the form of a circular line or hoop.
  1. 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 ."Upon his thumb he had of gold a ring." [Chaucer.]"The dearest ring in Venice will I give you." [Shak.]
  2. A circular area in which races are or run or other sports are performed; an arena."Place me, O, place me in the dusty ring, Where youthful charioteers contend for glory." [E. Smith.]
  3. An inclosed space in which pugilists fight; hence, figuratively, prize fighting."The road was an institution, the ringwas an institution." [Thackeray.]
  4. A circular group of persons."And hears the Muses in a ring Aye round about Jove's alter sing." [Milton.]
  5. [Geom]
    1. The plane figure included between the circumferences of two concentric circles.
    2. 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.
  6. [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.
  7. [Bot] An elastic band partly or wholly encircling the spore cases of ferns. See Illust. of Sporangium.
  8. A clique; an exclusive combination of persons for a selfish purpose, as to control the market, distribute offices, obtain contracts, etc."The ruling ring at Constantinople." [E. A. Freeman.]

Etymology: 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

verb Ring
  1. To surround with a ring, or as with a ring; to encircle." Ringthese fingers." [Shak.]
  2. [Hort] To make a ring around by cutting away the bark; to girdle; as, to ring branches or roots.
  3. To fit with a ring or with rings, as the fingers, or a swine's snout.
verb Ring
To rise in the air spirally.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration)
  2. A rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling
  3. Jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal (often set with jewels) worn on the finger ("she had rings on every finger")
  4. A platform usually marked off by ropes in which contestants box or wrestle
  5. A characteristic sound ("it has the ring of sincerity")
  6. The sound of a bell ringing ("the distinctive ring of the church bell", "the ringing of the telephone", and "the tintinnabulation that so voluminously swells from the ringing and the dinging of the bells")
  7. An association of criminals
  8. (chemistry) a chain of atoms in a molecule that forms a closed loop
  9. A toroidal shape ("a ring of ships in the harbor")
  10. Get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone
  11. Attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify ("ring birds")
  12. Extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle
  13. Sound loudly and sonorously
  14. Make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification ("Ring the bells" and "My uncle rings every Sunday at the local church")
  15. Ring or echo with sound

From Middle English ring, ryng, also rink, rynk, from Old English hring, hrincg (“ring, link of chain, fetter, festoon, anything circular, circle, circular group, border, horizon, corselet, circuit (of a year), cycle, course, orb, globe”), from Proto-Germanic *hringaz (“circle”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)krengʰ- (“to turn, bend”). Akin to Scots ring (“ring”), West Frisian ring (“ring”), Saterland Frisian Ring (“ring, circle”), Dutch ring (“ring, hoop”), Low German Ring (“ring”), German Ring (“ring, circle”), Swedish ring (“ring, circle”), Icelandic hringur (“ring”), Umbrian krenkatrum, cringatro (“belt”), Proto-Slavic *krǫgъ (“circle”) (Russian круг (krug)), Old English hrung (“cross-bar, spoke”), Albanian vrangull (“a wheel-shaped tool, circle motion”), rreng (“to do a prank, cheat, deceive”). More at rung.

  1. (physical) A solid object in the shape of a circle.
    1. A circumscribing object, (roughly) circular and hollow, looking like an annual ring, earring, finger ring etc.
    2. A round piece of (precious) metal worn around the finger or through the ear, nose, etc.
    3. (Britain) A bird band, a round piece of metal put around a bird's leg used for identification and studies of migration.
    4. (Britain) A burner on a kitchen stove.
    5. In a jack plug, the connector between the tip and the sleeve.
    6. 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.
    7. (botany) A flexible band partly or wholly encircling the spore cases of ferns.
  2. (physical) A group of objects arranged in a circle.
    1. A circular group of people or objects.
      a of mushrooms growing in the wood
    2. (astronomy) A formation of various pieces of material orbiting around a planet.
    3. (Britain) A large circular prehistoric stone construction such as Stonehenge.
  3. A piece of food in the shape of a ring.
  4. A place where some sports or exhibitions take place; notably a circular or comparable arena, such as a boxing ring or a circus ring; hence the field of a political contest.
  5. An exclusive group of people, usually involving some unethical or illegal practices.
    a crime ; a prostitution ; a bidding (at an auction sale)
  6. (chemistry) A group of atoms linked by bonds to form a closed chain in a molecule.
    a benzene
  7. (geometry) A planar geometrical figure included between two concentric circles.
  8. (typography) A diacritical mark in the shape of a hollow circle placed above or under the letter; a kroužek.
  9. (historical) An old English measure of corn equal to the coomb or half a quarter.
  10. (computing theory) A hierarchical level of privilege in a computer system, usually at hardware level, used to protect data and functionality (also protection ring).
  11. (firearms) Either of the pair of clamps used to hold a telescopic sight to a rifle.

From Middle English ringen, from Old English hringan (“to ring, sound, clash; announce by bells”), from Proto-Germanic *hringijaną (“to resound, ring”), from Proto-Indo-European *(s)kreg- (“to crow, caw, croak, shout”). Cognate with Dutch ringen (“to ring”), Danish ringe (“to ring, call”), Swedish ringa (“to ring, call”), Icelandic hringja (“to ring, call”), Lithuanian krañkti (“to caw, croak, cough”), Albanian vring (“a high-pitched sound made by waving violently a solid object”).

  1. The resonant sound of a bell, or a sound resembling it.
    The church bell's could be heard the length of the valley.
    The of hammer on anvil filled the air.
  2. (figuratively) A pleasant or correct sound.
    The name has a nice to it.
  3. (figuratively) A sound or appearance that is characteristic of something.
    Her statements in court had a of falsehood.
  4. (colloquial) A telephone call.
    I’ll give you a when the plane lands.
  5. Any loud sound; the sound of numerous voices; a sound continued, repeated, or reverberated.
  6. A chime, or set of bells harmonically tuned.
    St Mary's has a of eight bells.

A shortening of German Zahlring (“number(s) ring”); coined by mathematician David Hilbert in 1892. (Reference: Harvey Cohn, Advanced Number Theory, page 49.)

  1. (algebra) An algebraic structure which consists of a set with two binary operations: an additive operation and a multiplicative operation, such that the set is an abelian group under the additive operation, a monoid under the multiplicative operation, and such that the multiplicative operation is distributive with respect to the additive operation.
    The set of integers, , is the prototypical .
  2. (algebra) An algebraic structure as above, but only required to be a semigroup under the multiplicative operation, that is, there need not be a multiplicative identity element.
    The definition of without unity allows, for instance, the set of even integers to be a ring.

    ring was also found in the following language(s): Balinese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, French, German, Hungarian, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Old Dutch, Old High German, Portuguese, Serbo-Croatian, Spanish, and Swedish

    Notable Persons Named Ring

    Ring Lardner was a writer and journalist. Ring was given the name Ringgold Wilmer Lardner on March 6th, 1885 in Niles, Michigan. He left this life on September 25th, 1933.


    Ring of Sweden is royalty.


    Ring Ding is a sports team member for the Alamal SC Atbara.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Ring

    Apparat is an electronic music musician. His ongoing career started in 1996. Apparat was given the name Sascha Ring on June 27th, 1978 in Quedlinburg.


    Alexander Ring is a soccer player for the FC Kaiserslautern, R.S.C. Anderlecht, Bayer 04 Leverkusen, Klubi-04, Tampere United, Helsingin Jalkapalloklubi, Borussia Mönchengladbach, Finland national under-17 football team, Finland national under-18 football team, and Finland national under-19 fo. Alexander was born on April 9th, 1991 in Helsinki, Finland.


    Nick was born on February 10th, 1979 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.


    David was born on October 28th, 1953.


    Laurits Andersen Ring was an artist. Laurits was given the name Laurits Andersen on August 15th, 1854 in Denmark. He breathed his last breath on September 10th, 1933.


    Christy Ring is a gaelic games player. He was most prominent from 1938 to 1940.


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    Popularity of Ring as a last name

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Ring U.S.
      White 91.09% 64.26%
      African American 3.05% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.60% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.51% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.83% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 1.93% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Ring

    People with the last name Ring are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Ring

    • How Popular is the name Ring? As a last name Ring was the 2,226th most popular name in 2010.
    • When was the first name Ring first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Ring is Sunday, December 20th, 1885.
    • How unique is the name Ring? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Ring. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
    • Weird things about the name Ring: Your name in reverse order is Gnir. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Grni. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Ring? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 16,381 people with the last name Ring.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ring? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 6 of them will have Ring as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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