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ringing

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Pronunciation: /ˈrɪŋɪŋ
 
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Definition of ringing in English:

adjective

1Having or emitting a clear resonant sound: a ringing voice
More example sentences
  • She kept her eyes closed, content to listen to the ringing sounds of her friend's voice.
  • A loud ringing sound erupted out of a speaker in the far corner of the barracks and as it sounded the men filed out of the room towards some unknown destination.
  • A loud ringing sound came over the classroom speaker.
1.1(Of a statement) forceful and unequivocal: the Russian leader received a ringing declaration of support
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  • At his trial he read a ringing statement, to the effect that he and his generation had given their best in various hell-holes, and there was no more to say.
  • A few cheers answered his ringing declaration.

noun

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An act or sound of ringing: the ringing of fire alarms she was woken by the ringing of the phone a ringing in her ears
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  • I just marched all the way to the phone, getting impatience with the sound of the ringing.
  • The ringing of the phone continued to burst through my eardrums noisily.
  • In the distance Carl could hear the ringing of his mobile phone.

Derivatives

ringingly

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adverb
Example sentences
  • ‘He makes it ringingly clear in his conclusions that there was no substantive briefing of me in relation to this issue and he says any briefing at any time, if there was any, was of the most superficial kind,’ he said.
  • Is that something you would ringingly endorse?
  • Congressman, you do not sound like you're ringingly endorsing the mayor tonight.

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