Ring plover
Ring Ring, n. [AS. hring, hrinc; akin to Fries. hring, D. & G. ring, OHG. ring, hring, Icel. hringr, DAn. & SW. ring; cf. Russ. krug'. Cf. {Harangue}, {Rank} a row,{Rink}.] A circle, or a circular line, or anything in the form of a circular line or hoop. [1913 Webster]

2. Specifically, a circular ornament of gold or other precious material worn on the finger, or attached to the ear, the nose, or some other part of the person; as, a wedding ring. [1913 Webster]

Upon his thumb he had of gold a ring. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

The dearest ring in Venice will I give you. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A circular area in which races are or run or other sports are performed; an arena. [1913 Webster]

Place me, O, place me in the dusty ring, Where youthful charioteers contend for glory. --E. Smith. [1913 Webster]

4. An inclosed space in which pugilists fight; hence, figuratively, prize fighting. ``The road was an institution, the ring was an institution.'' --Thackeray. [1913 Webster]

5. A circular group of persons. [1913 Webster]

And hears the Muses in a ring Aye round about Jove's alter sing. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

6. (Geom.) (a) The plane figure included between the circumferences of two concentric circles. (b) The solid generated by the revolution of a circle, or other figure, about an exterior straight line (as an axis) lying in the same plane as the circle or other figure. [1913 Webster]

7. (Astron. & Navigation) An instrument, formerly used for taking the sun's altitude, consisting of a brass ring suspended by a swivel, with a hole at one side through which a solar ray entering indicated the altitude on the graduated inner surface opposite. [1913 Webster]

8. (Bot.) An elastic band partly or wholly encircling the spore cases of ferns. See Illust. of {Sporangium}. [1913 Webster]

9. A clique; an exclusive combination of persons for a selfish purpose, as to control the market, distribute offices, obtain contracts, etc. [1913 Webster]

The ruling ring at Constantinople. --E. A. Freeman. [1913 Webster]

{Ring armor}, armor composed of rings of metal. See {Ring mail}, below, and {Chain mail}, under {Chain}.

{Ring blackbird} (Zo["o]l.), the ring ousel.

{Ring canal} (Zo["o]l.), the circular water tube which surrounds the esophagus of echinoderms.

{Ring dotterel}, or {Ringed dotterel}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Dotterel}, and Illust. of {Pressiroster}.

{Ring dropper}, a sharper who pretends to have found a ring (dropped by himself), and tries to induce another to buy it as valuable, it being worthless.

{Ring fence}. See under {Fence}.

{Ring finger}, the third finger of the left hand, or the next the little finger, on which the ring is placed in marriage.

{Ring formula} (Chem.), a graphic formula in the shape of a closed ring, as in the case of benzene, pyridine, etc. See Illust. under {Benzene}.

{Ring mail}, a kind of mail made of small steel rings sewed upon a garment of leather or of cloth.

{Ring micrometer}. (Astron.) See {Circular micrometer}, under {Micrometer}.

{Saturn's rings}. See {Saturn}.

{Ring ousel}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Ousel}.

{Ring parrot} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of Old World parrakeets having a red ring around the neck, especially {Pal[ae]ornis torquatus}, common in India, and {Pal[ae]ornis Alexandri} of {Java}.

{Ring plover}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The ringed dotterel. (b) Any one of several small American plovers having a dark ring around the neck, as the semipalmated plover ({[AE]gialitis semipalmata}).

{Ring snake} (Zo["o]l.), a small harmless American snake ({Diadophis punctatus}) having a white ring around the neck. The back is ash-colored, or sage green, the belly of an orange red.

{Ring stopper}. (Naut.) See under {Stopper}.

{Ring thrush} (Zo["o]l.), the ring ousel.

{The prize ring}, the ring in which prize fighters contend; prize fighters, collectively.

{The ring}. (a) The body of sporting men who bet on horse races. [Eng.] (b) The prize ring. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • ring plover — Plover Plov er, n. [OF. plovier, F. pluvier, prop., the rain bird, fr. LL. (assumed) pluviarius, fr. L. pluvia rain, from pluere to rain; akin to E. float, G. fliessen to flow. See {Float}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of limicoline …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ring plover — Ringneck Ring neck , n. 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of several species of small plovers of the genus {[AE]gialitis}, having a ring around the neck. The ring is black in summer, but becomes brown or gray in winter. The semipalmated plover ({[AE]gialitis …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ring plover — noun or ringed plover : any of various small plovers of the widely distributed genus Charadrius (as the common European species C. hiaticula and the American semipalmated, piping, and killdeer plovers) having the upper part chiefly brownish or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Plover — Plov er, n. [OF. plovier, F. pluvier, prop., the rain bird, fr. LL. (assumed) pluviarius, fr. L. pluvia rain, from pluere to rain; akin to E. float, G. fliessen to flow. See {Float}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of limicoline birds… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Plover's page — Plover Plov er, n. [OF. plovier, F. pluvier, prop., the rain bird, fr. LL. (assumed) pluviarius, fr. L. pluvia rain, from pluere to rain; akin to E. float, G. fliessen to flow. See {Float}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any one of numerous species of limicoline …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ring — Ring, n. [AS. hring, hrinc; akin to Fries. hring, D. & G. ring, OHG. ring, hring, Icel. hringr, DAn. & SW. ring; cf. Russ. krug . Cf. {Harangue}, {Rank} a row,{Rink}.] A circle, or a circular line, or anything in the form of a circular line or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ring armor — Ring Ring, n. [AS. hring, hrinc; akin to Fries. hring, D. & G. ring, OHG. ring, hring, Icel. hringr, DAn. & SW. ring; cf. Russ. krug . Cf. {Harangue}, {Rank} a row,{Rink}.] A circle, or a circular line, or anything in the form of a circular line… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ring blackbird — Ring Ring, n. [AS. hring, hrinc; akin to Fries. hring, D. & G. ring, OHG. ring, hring, Icel. hringr, DAn. & SW. ring; cf. Russ. krug . Cf. {Harangue}, {Rank} a row,{Rink}.] A circle, or a circular line, or anything in the form of a circular line… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ring canal — Ring Ring, n. [AS. hring, hrinc; akin to Fries. hring, D. & G. ring, OHG. ring, hring, Icel. hringr, DAn. & SW. ring; cf. Russ. krug . Cf. {Harangue}, {Rank} a row,{Rink}.] A circle, or a circular line, or anything in the form of a circular line… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ring dotterel — Ring Ring, n. [AS. hring, hrinc; akin to Fries. hring, D. & G. ring, OHG. ring, hring, Icel. hringr, DAn. & SW. ring; cf. Russ. krug . Cf. {Harangue}, {Rank} a row,{Rink}.] A circle, or a circular line, or anything in the form of a circular line… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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