ring

A ring is a circular or oval shape, like the rings around Saturn or a ring of trees surrounding an open field, or the ring of delicious fried pastry that we call a doughnut.

Angels are often shown in paintings with a ring hovering over their heads — a halo. And if you've ever ordered onion rings, you know that they're circle-shaped slices of onion that are battered, fried, and eaten with ketchup. Then there's the ring, usually made of silver or gold, that's worn as jewelry on a finger. As a verb, to ring is to form a circle, as in the children's song and game "Ring Around the Rosie."

Primary Meanings of ring

1.
nv
a toroidal shape
extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle
2.
vn
sound loudly and sonorously
the sound of a bell ringing
3.
v
get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone
4.
n
an association of criminals
Full Definitions of ring
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n a toroidal shape

“a ring of ships in the harbor”
Synonyms:
anchor ring, annulus, doughnut, halo
Types:
fairy circle, fairy ring
a ring of fungi marking the periphery of the perennial underground growth of the mycelium
Type of:
toroid
the doughnut-shaped object enclosed by a torus

n a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling

Synonyms:
hoop
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carabiner, karabiner, snap ring
an oblong metal ring with a spring clip; used in mountaineering to attach a rope to a piton or to connect two ropes
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
(basketball) the hoop from which the net is suspended
tire, tyre
hoop that covers a wheel
towel ring
a circular hoop for holding a towel
auto tire, automobile tire, car tire, rubber tire
a tire consisting of a rubber ring around the rim of an automobile wheel
felloe, felly
rim (or part of the rim) into which spokes are inserted
pneumatic tire, pneumatic tyre
a tire made of reinforced rubber and filled with compressed air; used on motor vehicles and bicycles etc
wagon tire
a metal hoop forming the tread of a wheel
Type of:
band
a thin flat strip of flexible material that is worn around the body or one of the limbs (especially to decorate the body)

n jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal (often set with jewels) worn on the finger

“she had rings on every finger”
Synonyms:
band
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annulet
a small ring
engagement ring
a ring given and worn as a sign of betrothal
mourning ring
a ring worn as a memorial to a dead person
ringlet
a small ring
seal ring, signet ring
a ring bearing a signet
wedding band, wedding ring
a ring (usually plain gold) given to the bride (and sometimes one is also given to the groom) at the wedding
Type of:
jewellery, jewelry
an adornment (as a bracelet or ring or necklace) made of precious metals and set with gems (or imitation gems)

n (chemistry) a chain of atoms in a molecule that forms a closed loop

Synonyms:
closed chain
Antonyms:
open chain
a chain of atoms in a molecule whose ends are not joined to form a ring
Types:
heterocycle, heterocyclic ring
a ring of atoms of more than one kind; especially a ring of carbon atoms containing at least one atom that is not carbon
Type of:
chain, chemical chain
(chemistry) a series of linked atoms (generally in an organic molecule)

n a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration)

Synonyms:
band
Type of:
slip, strip
artifact consisting of a narrow flat piece of material

n a platform usually marked off by ropes in which contestants box or wrestle

Types:
boxing ring, prize ring
a square ring where boxers fight
sumo ring
the circular ring in which Sumo wrestlers compete
wrestling ring
a square ring in which wrestlers compete
Type of:
platform
a raised horizontal surface

v extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle

Synonyms:
border, environ, skirt, surround
Types:
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fringe
decorate with or as if with a surrounding fringe
gird, girdle
put a girdle on or around
cloister
surround with a cloister
close in, enclose, inclose, shut in
surround completely
hem in
surround in a restrictive manner
cloister
surround with a cloister, as of a garden
insert, tuck
fit snugly into
wall in, wall up
enclose with a wall
bower, embower
enclose in a bower
enshrine, shrine
enclose in a shrine
case, encase, incase
enclose in, or as if in, a case
bury, eat up, immerse, swallow, swallow up
enclose or envelop completely, as if by swallowing
border, frame, frame in
enclose in or as if in a frame
glass, glass in
enclose with glass
bank
enclose with a bank
dike, dyke
enclose with a dike
encapsulate
enclose in a capsule or other small container
fence, fence in
enclose with a fence
cordon off, rope in, rope off
divide by means of a rope
casket
enclose in a casket
corral
enclose in a corral
fort, fortify
enclose by or as if by a fortification
hedge, hedge in
enclose or bound in with or as it with a hedge or hedges
hedge
hinder or restrict with or as if with a hedge
Type of:
adjoin, contact, meet, touch
be in direct physical contact with; make contact

v attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify

ring birds”
Synonyms:
band
Type of:
attach
cause to be attached
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v sound loudly and sonorously

“the bells rang
Synonyms:
peal
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ding, dingdong, dong
go `ding dong', like a bell
tintinnabulate
ring or sound like a small bell
peal
ring recurrently
knell
ring as in announcing death
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

v ring or echo with sound

Synonyms:
echo, resound, reverberate
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consonate
sound in sympathy
reecho
repeat or return an echo again or repeatedly; send (an echo) back
reecho
echo repeatedly, echo again and again
bong
ring loudly and deeply
Type of:
go, sound
make a certain noise or sound

v make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification

Ring the bells”
“My uncle rings every Sunday at the local church”
Synonyms:
knell
Types:
toll
ring slowly
Type of:
sound
cause to sound

n the sound of a bell ringing

“the distinctive ring of the church bell”
Synonyms:
ringing, tintinnabulation
Types:
bell ringing
the sound of someone playing a set of bells
Type of:
sound
the sudden occurrence of an audible event

n a characteristic sound

“it has the ring of sincerity”
Type of:
sound
the particular auditory effect produced by a given cause
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v get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone

Synonyms:
call, call up, phone, telephone
call
send a message or attempt to reach someone by radio, phone, etc.; make a signal to in order to transmit a message
Types:
cell phone
call up by using a cellular phone
call in
make a phone call
Type of:
telecommunicate
communicate over long distances, as via the telephone or e-mail
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n an association of criminals

Synonyms:
gang, mob, pack
Types:
nest
a gang of people (criminals or spies or terrorists) assembled in one locality
youth gang
a gang whose members are teenagers
sleeper nest
a nest of sleepers awaiting a prearranged signal
Type of:
association
a formal organization of people or groups of people

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