Definition of ping in English:

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Pronunciation: /pɪŋ/


An abrupt high-pitched ringing sound: the ping of the oven timer
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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.


1Make or cause to make a ping: [no object]: the doorbell pinged [with object]: Victoria pinged the bell
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  • Instead of being a taut, minimal straight line, I'm a curvy, springy, unmarshalled dithering thing, unable to ping, ding or ker-ching.
  • Ward got another nudge which Barton blocked and the ball pinged up from their clash and smacked the unfortunate Mills in the face before finally looping into the net.
  • When the lift came to a halt and the doors pinged open with a pleasant ding the girls dragged the bags down the hallway, stopping outside of the apartment while Forever searched for her keys.
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.
2.1Send an email or other electronic message to (someone): at least a dozen people have pinged me or called to tell me this
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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 once an hour.
  • To get blogs is easy nowadays and so you just spam by writing pseudo blogs and linking and pinging.
3US another term for pink5.


Mid 19th century: imitative.

  • This word imitates the noise. The game ping-pong got its name in the early 20th century from the sound of a bat striking a ball.

Words that rhyme with ping

Beijing, bing, bring, Chungking, cling, ding, dingaling, fling, I Ching, king, Kunming, ling, Ming, Nanjing, Peking, ring, sing, Singh, sling, spring, sting, string, swing, Synge, thing, ting, wing, wring, Xining, zing

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