Definition of ping in English:

ping

Syllabification: ping
Pronunciation: /piNG
 
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noun

  • 1A short high-pitched ringing sound, as of a tap on a crystal glass: the syncopated ping of steel drums
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    • The gun's trigger guard cracked with a high-pitched ping, but the sound was pretty much lost in the screaming.
    • Beeps, blips and pings are the everyday sounds that we live with, thanks to our push-button gizmos and fast-paced lifestyle.
    • It will be interesting now to see, when the oven pings, if the whole confection really is a recipe for success.
  • 1.1A percussive knocking sound, especially in an internal combustion engine: if any sign of engine ping occurs
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    • The engine pings, but there's something else, too, very far away.
    • Once you're there, though, the knocks and pings always seem to disappear, leaving you with a lot of explaining to do.
    • The engine developed a mysterious wheeze and ping.

verb

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  • 1Make or cause to make a ping: [no object]: the doorbell pinged [with object]: Victoria pinged the bell
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    • Eventually he rams it into gear and inches it backward as the line tightens slowly until a sound like a rifle report pings through the chassis.
    • The sergeant was interrupted by the sound of machine gun bullets pinging on the craft's armor.
    • The sound has pierced through the windows and is pinging off the stone walls in the courtyard.
  • 2 [with object] Computing Query (another computer on a network) to determine whether there is a connection to it.
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    • To test your IPv6 connection, first try pinging something with the ping6 program on both the gateway and a connected host.
    • Try pinging or otherwise connecting to hosts on the remote network; the connection should behave no differently from before when you brought the tunnel up.
    • The laptop sitting on the center console continuously pinging at the networks being discovered.
  • 2.1Contact a person briefly (especially electronically): he just pinged me, pointing to a breaking news story
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    • I guess you could think of pinging as eye contact via mobile phone; just enough information is conveyed to be useful, but not so much that it disrupts what you're already doing.
    • Some people ping us directly, and most of the rest comes from blogs - which polls Weblogs.com once an hour.
    • To get blogs is easy nowadays and so you just spam by writing pseudo blogs and linking and pinging.

Origin

mid 19th century: imitative.

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