ping

A ping is a sharp, high-pitched, somewhat musical sound. Quickly tapping a spoon against a crystal glass makes a ping. If you ping someone, you contact them via computer or phone, which might ping when the message comes through.

The word ping is onomatopoeic, or imitative — in other words, it sounds just like its meaning. Things that might ping include your electronic alarm clock, some video games, a stone against your car's windshield, and the timer on your microwave. In the 1800s, a ping was primarily the sound a bullet made as it hit something — today it's just as likely to mean "a message sent from one computer to another."

Definitions of ping
  1. noun
    a sharp high-pitched resonant sound (as of a sonar echo or a bullet striking metal)
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    type of:
    sound
    the sudden occurrence of an audible event
  2. verb
    make a short high-pitched sound
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    type of:
    go, sound
    make a certain noise or sound
  3. verb
    sound like a car engine that is firing too early
    “the car pinged when I put in low-octane gasoline”
    synonyms: knock, pink
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    type of:
    go, sound
    make a certain noise or sound
  4. verb
    hit with a pinging noise
    “The bugs pinged the lamp shade”
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    type of:
    collide with, hit, impinge on, run into, strike
    hit against; come into sudden contact with
  5. verb
    send a message from one computer to another to check whether it is reachable and active
    ping your machine in the office”
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    type of:
    contact, get hold of, get through, reach
    be in or establish communication with
  6. verb
    contact, usually in order to remind of something
    “I'll ping my accountant--April 15 is nearing”
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    type of:
    contact, get hold of, get through, reach
    be in or establish communication with
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