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ping Syllabification: ping

Definition of ping in English:


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.


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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.
Example sentences
  • 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 once an hour.
  • To get blogs is easy nowadays and so you just spam by writing pseudo blogs and linking and pinging.


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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