American English

Definition of ring noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    of bell
  1. 1[countable] the sound that a bell makes; the act of ringing a bell There was a ring at the door. He gave a couple of loud rings on the doorbell.
  2. sound
  3. 2[singular] a loud clear sound the ring of horse's hooves on the cobblestones
  4. quality
  5. 3[singular] ring (of something) a particular quality that words, sounds, etc. have His explanation has a ring of truth about it. Her protestation of innocence had a hollow ring to it (= did not sound sincere). The story had a familiar ring to it (= as if I had heard it before).
  6. Idioms
    the brass ring (informal)
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    the opportunity to be successful; success that you have worked hard to get The girls' track team has grabbed the brass ring seven times. From the custom of giving a free ride to any child who grabbed one of the rings hanging around the side of a merry-go-round at a fairground.
    give somebody a ring (informal)
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    to make a telephone call to someone I'll give you a ring tomorrow.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: ring