A ding is the sound that a bell makes — a kind of metallic, musical ringing. When you hear the ding of the doorbell, you'll know that the pizza delivery guy is here.

Bells, telephones, and doorbells all make a ding, and the word is a verb as well: "I'm going to run when I hear the dinner bell ding — I want to be first in line." Another kind of ding is a small dent or nick in a surface, the kind you might get in your car's bumper during a minor fender bender. Ding falls in the category of imitative words, which sound like their meaning.

Definitions of ding
  1. noun
    a ringing sound
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    type of:
    the sudden occurrence of an audible event
  2. verb
    go `ding dong', like a bell
    synonyms: dingdong, dong
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    type of:
    peal, ring
    sound loudly and sonorously
  3. noun
    an impression in a surface (as made by a blow)
    synonyms: dent, divot, gouge, nick
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    a small gouge (as in the cover of a book)
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    blemish, defect, mar
    a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)
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