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Definition of ring noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

      

    ring2

     noun
    noun
    BrE BrE//rɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//rɪŋ//
     
     
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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. Extra examples Her protestation of innocence had a hollow ring to it. His explanation has a ring of truth about it. I’ll give you a ring once I get home. The story has a familiar ring to it. He gave a couple of loud rings on the doorbell. There was a ring at the door.Idioms (North American English, informal) the opportunity to be successful; success that you have worked hard to get The girls' outdoor 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.  (British English, informal) to make a telephone call to somebody I'll give you a ring tomorrow. British/​Americanphone / call / ringVerbs In British English, to phone, to ring and to call are the usual ways of saying to telephone. In North American English the most common word is call, but phone is also used. Speakers of North American English do not say ring. Telephone is very formal and is used mainly in British English.Nouns You can use call or phone call (more formal) in both British English and North American English:Were there any phone calls for me? How do I make a local call? The idiom give somebody a call is also common:I’ll give you a call tonight. In informal British English you could also say:I’ll give you a ring tonight. See related entries: Making calls
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