- 1[intransitive, transitive] ping (something) to make a short, high ringing sound; to make something produce this sound He threw himself to the ground as bullets pinged off the metal behind him. You have to ping the bell on the desk to get someone to come and attend to you.
- 2(North American English) (British English pink) [intransitive] (of a car engine) to make knocking sounds because the fuel is not burning correctly
- 3[transitive] ping something to test whether an Internet connection is working by sending a signal to a computer and waiting for a reply See related entries: Using the Internet
- 4[transitive] ping something (to somebody) | ping somebody (informal) to send an email or text message to somebody I'll ping it to you later. Ping me later in the week. See related entries: Email, Text messages Word Origin mid 19th cent.: imitative.
BrE BrE//pɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//pɪŋ//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they ping
BrE BrE//pɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//pɪŋ//he / she / it pings
BrE BrE//pɪŋz//; NAmE NAmE//pɪŋz//past simple pinged
BrE BrE//pɪŋd//; NAmE NAmE//pɪŋd//past participle pinged
BrE BrE//pɪŋd//; NAmE NAmE//pɪŋd//-ing form pinging
BrE BrE//ˈpɪŋɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɪŋɪŋ//Email, Text messages, Using the Internet