Ring Ring (r[i^]ng), v. t. [imp. {Rang} (r[a^]ng) or {Rung} (r[u^]ng); p. p. {Rung}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Ringing}.] [AS. hringan; akin to Icel. hringja, Sw. ringa, Dan. ringe, OD. ringhen, ringkelen. [root]19.] 1. To cause to sound, especially by striking, as a metallic body; as, to ring a bell. [1913 Webster]

2. To make (a sound), as by ringing a bell; to sound. [1913 Webster]

The shard-borne beetle, with his drowsy hums, Hath rung night's yawning peal. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. To repeat often, loudly, or earnestly. [1913 Webster]

{To ring a peal}, to ring a set of changes on a chime of bells.

{To ring the changes upon}. See under {Change}.

{To ring in} or {To ring out}, to usher, attend on, or celebrate, by the ringing of bells; as, to ring out the old year and ring in the new. --Tennyson.

{To ring the bells backward}, to sound the chimes, reversing the common order; -- formerly done as a signal of alarm or danger. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

(of a ladder)

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