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."

Primary Meanings of ping

1.
nv
a sharp high-pitched resonant sound (as of a sonar echo or a bullet striking metal)
make a short high-pitched sound
2.
v
send a message from one computer to another to check whether it is reachable and active
Full Definitions of ping
1

n a sharp high-pitched resonant sound (as of a sonar echo or a bullet striking metal)

Type of:
sound
the sudden occurrence of an audible event

v make a short high-pitched sound

“the bullet pinged when they struck the car”
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

v sound like a car engine that is firing too early

“the car pinged when I put in low-octane gasoline”
Synonyms:
knock, pink
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

v hit with a pinging noise

“The bugs pinged the lamp shade”
Type of:
collide with, hit, impinge on, run into, strike
hit against; come into sudden contact with
2

v send a message from one computer to another to check whether it is reachable and active

ping your machine in the office”
Type of:
contact, get hold of, get through, reach
be in or establish communication with

v contact, usually in order to remind of something

“I'll ping my accountant--April 15 is nearing”
Type of:
contact, get hold of, get through, reach
be in or establish communication with

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