There are 2 definitions of rung in English:


Syllabification: rung
Pronunciation: /rəNG


1A horizontal support on a ladder for a person’s foot.
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  • He stood, his foot on the lower rungs of a ladder that led to the upper shelves, with his weight propped on his elevated knee.
  • That wouldn't buy them much time, Sydney knew, so she steeled herself and placed one foot on the first rung of the ladder.
  • He placed a foot on the first rung of the ladder on the side of the freighter and began to climb, hefting himself up onto the roof.
1.1A level in a hierarchical structure, especially a class or career structure: we must ensure that the unskilled do not get trapped on the bottom rung
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  • New research by the Bank of Scotland shows that first-time buyers north of the Border are still able to get their foot on the first rung of the housing ladder.
  • The arrangement is designed to allow young couples to get a foot on the first rung of the housing ladder.
  • Now with a foot firmly on the lower rungs of the ladder to rockdom, it's hard not to imagine that they will do anything but ascend.
2A strengthening crosspiece in the structure of a chair.
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  • In a lucid moment Winston found that he was shouting with the others and kicking his heel violently against the rung of his chair.
  • Grabbing the rung of the chair he pulled him over next to the wall.
  • Kitchen chairs or stools that have rungs are especially helpful, as it can be tiring for your daughter if her feet don't reach the floor.


Old English hrung (sense 2); related to Dutch rong and German Runge.



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  • He balanced himself on a runged chair, as he leaned against the wall of one of the stalls.


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  • Through shifting openings in the clouds of dust they could see that it was rungless in places, rickety, tottering.

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There are 2 definitions of rung in English:


Syllabification: rung
Pronunciation: /
past participle of ring2.

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