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English noun: ring

1. ring (attribute) a characteristic sound

SamplesIt has the ring of sincerity.

Broader (hypernym)sound

2. ring (shape) a toroidal shape

SamplesA ring of ships in the harbor.
A halo of smoke.

Synonymsanchor ring, annulus, doughnut, halo

Broader (hypernym)toroid

Narrower (hyponym)fairy circle, fairy ring

3. ring (artifact) a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling

SamplesThere was still a rusty iron hoop for tying a horse.


Broader (hypernym)band

Narrower (hyponym)carabiner, collar, curtain ring, karabiner, key ring, napkin ring, nose ring, rim, rim, snap ring, tire, towel ring, tyre

Part meronymbarrel, cask, wagon wheel

4. ring (object) (chemistry) a chain of atoms in a molecule that forms a closed loop

Synonymsclosed chain

Broader (hypernym)chain, chemical chain

Narrower (hyponym)heterocycle, heterocyclic ring

Domain categorychemical science, chemistry

Antonymsopen chain

5. ring (group) an association of criminals

SamplesPolice tried to break up the gang.
A pack of thieves.

Synonymsgang, mob, pack

Broader (hypernym)association

Narrower (hyponym)nest, youth gang

Member holonymgangster, mobster

Member meronymgangdom, gangland, organized crime

6. ring (event) the sound of a bell ringing

SamplesThe 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.

Synonymsringing, tintinnabulation

Broader (hypernym)sound

Narrower (hyponym)bell ringing

7. ring (artifact) a platform usually marked off by ropes in which contestants box or wrestle

Broader (hypernym)platform

Narrower (hyponym)boxing ring, prize ring, sumo ring, wrestling ring

Part holonymcanvas, canvass

8. ring (artifact) jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal (often set with jewels) worn on the finger

SamplesShe had rings on every finger.
He noted that she wore a wedding band.


Broader (hypernym)jewellery, jewelry

Narrower (hyponym)annulet, engagement ring, mourning ring, ringlet, seal ring, signet ring, wedding band, wedding ring

9. ring (artifact) a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration)


Broader (hypernym)slip, strip

English verb: ring

1. ring (perception) sound loudly and sonorously

SamplesThe bells rang.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)go, sound

Narrower (hyponym)ding, dingdong, dong, knell, peal, tintinnabulate

2. ring (perception) ring or echo with sound

SamplesThe hall resounded with laughter.

ExamplesThe woods ring with many kinds of birds

Synonymsecho, resound, reverberate

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)go, sound

Narrower (hyponym)bong, consonate, reecho, reecho

3. ring (perception) make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification

SamplesRing the bells.
My uncle rings every Sunday at the local church.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)sound

Narrower (hyponym)toll

Causego, sound

4. ring (communication) get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone

SamplesI tried to call you all night.
Take two aspirin and call me in the morning.

ExamplesSam cannot ring Sue , They ring

Synonymscall, call up, phone, telephone

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)telecommunicate

Narrower (hyponym)call in, cell phone


Verb groupcall

Domain categorytelephone, telephony

5. ring (contact) extend on all sides of simultaneously; encircle

SamplesThe forest surrounds my property.

Synonymsborder, environ, skirt, surround

Pattern of useSomething ----s something

Broader (hypernym)adjoin, contact, meet, touch

Narrower (hyponym)cloister, cloister, close in, enclose, fringe, gird, girdle, hem in, inclose, shut in

6. ring (contact) attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify

SamplesRing birds.
Band the geese to observe their migratory patterns.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)attach

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