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Ring appears in the following tongue twister:

  • The king would sing, about a ring that would go ding.

Ring appears in the following palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • He lionises a code ring I arraign, I re-do cases in oil, eh?
  • "A sad dash to get a nose-ring is a sign I resonate," goths add, Asa.
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Usage statistics for the verb ring:

spoken English72.96%written English27.04% conversational speech70.54%task-oriented speech29.46%

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Ring is sometimes a misspelling of rang.

The word ring is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun ring

What does ring mean as a name of something?

Ring is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: rings

  1. a characteristic sound
    • example: it has the ring of sincerity
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: sound = the particular auditory effect produced by a given cause
  2. a toroidal shape
    • example: a ring of ships in the harbor
    • lexical domain: Shapes - nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes
    • synonyms of ring: anchor ring / annulus / doughnut / halo
    • more generic word: toroid = the doughnut-shaped object enclosed by a torus
    • more specific terms: fairy circle / fairy ring = a ring of fungi marking the periphery of the perennial underground growth of the mycelium
  3. a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of ring: hoop
    • more generic word: band = a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs
    • more specific terms:
      • carabiner / karabiner / snap ring = an oblong metal ring with a spring clip
      • collar = a short ring fastened over a rod or shaft to limit, guide, or secure a machine part
      • curtain ring = a circular ring for holding up a curtain
      • key ring = a circular ring of metal for holding keys
      • napkin ring = a circular band used to hold a particular person's napkin
      • nose ring = a ring worn on the nose as an ornament or on the nose of an animal to control it
      • rim = the outer part of a wheel to which the tire is attached
      • rim = the hoop from which the net is suspended
      • tire / tyre = hoop that covers a wheel
      • towel ring = a circular hoop for holding a towel
    • part of: barrel / cask = a cylindrical container that holds liquids; wagon wheel = a wheel of a wagon
  4. (chemistry) a chain of atoms in a molecule that forms a closed loop
  5. an association of criminals
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonyms of ring: gang / mob / pack
    • more generic word: association = a formal organization of people or groups of people
    • more specific terms:
      • nest = a gang of people (criminals or spies or terrorists) assembled in one locality
      • youth gang = a gang whose members are teenagers
    • member of: gangdom / gangland / organized crime = underworld organizations
    • member: gangster / mobster = a criminal who is a member of gang
  6. the sound of a bell ringing
    • examples: 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
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonyms of ring: ringing / tintinnabulation
    • more generic word: sound = the sudden occurrence of an audible event
    • more specific term: bell ringing = the sound of someone playing a set of bells
  7. a platform usually marked off by ropes in which contestants box or wrestle
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: platform = a raised horizontal surface
    • more specific terms:
    • part: canvass / canvas = the mat that forms the floor of the ring in which boxers or professional wrestlers compete
  8. jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal (often set with jewels) worn on the finger
    • example: she had rings on every finger
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of ring: band
    • more generic words: jewellery / jewelry = an adornment (as a bracelet or ring or necklace) made of precious metals and set with gems
    • more specific terms:
  9. a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration)
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of ring: band
    • more generic words: slip / strip = artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material

Alternative definition of the noun ring


  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.
  3. [British] A bird band, a round piece of metal put around a bird's leg used for identification and studies of migration.
  4. A piece of food in the shape of a ring, as in onion ring
  5. 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.
  6. An exclusive group of people, usually involving some unethical or illegal practices; as a crime ring.
  7. [geometry] A planar geometrical figure included between two concentric circles.
  8. [UK] Burner.
  9. [astronomy] A formation of various pieces of material orbiting around a planet.
  10. [typography] A diacritical mark in the shape of a hollow circle placed above or under the letter.
  11. [historical] An old English measure of corn equal to the coomb or half a quarter.
  12. [British] a large circular prehistoric stone construction such as Stonehenge.
  13. [computing theory] A hierarchical level of privilege in a computer system, usually at hardware level, used to protect data and functionality (also protection ring).
  14. The resonant sound of a bell, or a sound resembling it.
  15. [figuratively] A pleasant or correct sound.
  16. [colloquial] A telephone call.
  17. [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.
  18. [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.

proper noun

  1. [surname, from Middle English, dot=] for a maker of rings as jewelry or as in harness.

Specialised definition of the noun ring

Glossary of sports

a raised square roped platform on which a boxing or wrestling match takes place (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

a circle of tissue, or tissue or muscle shaped like a circle (2006. Dictionary of Sport and Exercise Science. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)

playing equipment in ring tennis. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

sport equipment in the gymnastics discipline rings. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

place where combat takes place in boxing. (Herbert Haag & Gerald Haag. 2003. Dictionary. Sport, Physical Education, Sport Science. Kiel, Institut für Sport und Sportwissenschaften)

Glossary of sports / boxing

the rectangular space, bounded by ropes on all four sides, on which a boxing match takes place (2005. Chambers Sports Factfinder. Chambers Harrap Publishers Ltd)

Definition of the verb ring

What does ring mean as a doing word?

Ring is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.View more statistics!

verb - inflections:

simple pastpast participlepresent participlethird-person singular

  1. sound loudly and sonorously
  2. ring or echo with sound
    • example: The woods ring with many kinds of birds
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonyms of ring: echo / resound / reverberate
    • more generic words: go / sound = make a certain noise or sound
    • more specific words:
      • consonate = sound in sympathy
      • reecho = repeat or return an echo again or repeatedly
      • reecho = echo repeatedly, echo again and again
      • bong = ring loudly and deeply
  3. make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification
    • examples: Ring the bells | My uncle rings every Sunday at the local church
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonym of ring: knell
    • more generic word: sound = cause to sound
    • more specific word: toll = ring slowly
    • cause: go / sound
  4. get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone
  5. extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle
  6. attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify
    • example: ring birds
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of ring: band
    • more generic word: attach = cause to be attached


  1. "Ring" a.k.a. "The Ring" is a 2002 American psychological horror film directed by Gore Verbinski and starring Naomi Watts, Daveigh Chase, Brian Cox, and Martin Henderson. It is a remake of the 1998 Japanese horror film Ring, which was based on the novel Ring by Kôji Suzuki.
  2. "Ring" is a 1998 Japanese horror film by Hideo Nakata, adapted from the novel Ring by Kôji Suzuki, which in turn draws on the Japanese folk tale Banchō Sarayashiki. The film stars Nanako Matsushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, and Rikiya Ōtaka . The film follows TV-reporter and single mother Reiko who is caught up in a series of deaths surrounding a cursed video tape.
  3. "Ring" a.k.a. "The Ring Virus" is a South Korean horror film adapted from the Japanese novel Ring by Koji Suzuki. A joint project between Japan and Korea, this version has Park Eun-Suh as the creator of the cursed videotape. Although the filmmakers claimed that the film was adapted from the novel, there are various scenes in the film that match the 1998 film Ring, such as the sex of the lead character, some of the scenes on the videotape as well as copying other film scenes directly from the original film, including the film's climax.
  4. "Ring" is a short film directed by Andrus Tuisk.
    • country: Estonia
    • language: Estonian Language
    • art direction by Jaagup Roomet
    • released on (11 years ago)


Ring is a horror film series.

Phrases with Ring

Phrases starting with the word Ring:

  1. Ring in
  2. ring up
  3. ring-in
  4. ring off
  5. ring out
  6. Ring Rat
  7. ring rot
  8. Ring-Man

Phrases ending with the word Ring:

  1. o ring
  2. O-Ring
  3. Egg Ring
  4. gas ring
  5. key ring
  6. Red Ring
  7. Spy Ring
  8. Toe ring
  9. bull ring
  10. Claw Ring
  11. Cock ring
  12. life ring

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Ring

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Google previewCommutative Algebra (1995)

With a View Toward Algebraic Geometry by David Eisenbud

any reduced ring is the intersection of its localizations at the primes associated to nonzerodivisors. If R is normal and P is a prime associated to a nonzerodivisor, then we have shown that PP is principal. Thus Pp, and with it ...

Google previewPediatric Cardiology for Practitioners E-Book (2014)

by Myung K. Park

Vascular ring refers to a group of anomalies of the aortic arch that cause respiratory symptoms or feeding problems. A rare anomaly of the left pulmonary artery L(PA) that causes symptoms is also included in this group, although it does not ...

Google previewBanach Spaces of Continuous Functions as Dual Spaces (2016)

by H. G. Dales, F.K. Dashiell, Jr., A.T.-M. Lau, D. Strauss

A Boolean ring is a distributive lattice B with a minimum element 0 such that each order interval [0,a] in B is a Boolean...

Google previewHousing Desegregation and Federal Policy (2012)

by John M. Goering

Notes: For New York and Chicago the suburban ring is the difference between the Standard Consolidated Area and the Central City. For StLouis the ring is the difference between the SMSA and both ...

Google previewInformation Networking. Towards Ubiquitous Networking and Services (2008)

International Conference, ICOIN 2007, Estoril, Portugal, January 23-25, 2007, Revised Selected Papers by Mário M. Freire, Ilyoung Chong

The high tier ring is a global overlay in which every node participates. Whereas, the low tier ring is a local overlay that consists of nodes in the same autonomous system (AS). Since the low tier ring consists of nearby nodes (in the same AS), ...

Google previewSlang. A dictionary of the turf, the ring, the chase, the pit, of bon-ton, and the varieties of life, forming the completest and most authentic lexicon balatronicum ... of the sporting world, etc (1823)

by Jon BEE (pseud. [i.e. John Badcock.])

' T om Owen's Stop—(ring ;) the left-hand open, scrawling over the antagonist's face, ...

Google previewThe Chambers Crossword Dictionary, 3rd edition (2012)

by Chambers,

tomfoolery 13 paraphernalia Jewellerytypesinclude: 04 prop, ring, stud 05 beads, bindi, cameo,chain, tiara 06 amulet,anklet,bangle, brooch,choker,corals, diadem,hatpin,locket,pearls, tiepin, torque 07 armilla,coronet,ear cuff,earring, necklet, ...

Google previewInternational Dictionary of Historic Places: Southern Europe (1995)

by Trudy Ring, Robert M. Salkin, Sharon La Boda

Sharon La Boda Trudy Ring, Robert M. Salkin...

Phillips Marijke Rijsberman Trudy Ring Robert M. Salkin June Skinner Sawyers Paul E. Schellinger ...

Google previewLondon Encyclopaedia; Or, Universal Dictionary of Science, Art, Literature and Practical Mechanics (1829)

Comprising a Popular View of the Present State of Knowledge

Ring out ye crystal spheres, And let your silver chime Move in melodious time; And let the base of heaven's deep organ blow. Id. Signs for communicatiou may be contrived at pleasure; four bells admit twenty-four changes in ringing ; each ...

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Usage statistics about ring

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Usage statistics for the verb ring:

spoken English72.96%written English27.04% conversational speech70.54%task-oriented speech29.46%

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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb ring:


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Quotes about Ring

Today it is a beautiful day
Even thought it is
And the sky is blue
Like a diamond ring
That I am wearing
On my finger right now
Also my diamond ring
Is not a wedding ring
It is only a diamond ring
To wish me luck
And nothing else (Aldo Kraas)
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Scrabble value of R1I1N1G2

The value of this 4-letter word is 5 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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