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ring
  • noun
    A small circular band, typically of precious metal and often set with one or more gemstones, worn on a finger as an ornament or a token of marriage, engagement, or authority. (a diamond ring)
    A ring-shaped or circular object. (an inflatable rubber ring)
    An enclosed space, surrounded by seating for spectators, in which a sport, performance, or show takes place. (a circus ring)
    A group of people engaged in a shared enterprise, especially one involving illegal or unscrupulous activity. (the police had been investigating the drug ring)
    A number of atoms bonded together to form a closed loop in a molecule. (a benzene ring)
    A set of elements with two binary operations, addition and multiplication, the second being distributive over the first and associative. (Are there (associative, distributive) rings in which the addition is not commutative?)
    verb
    Surround (someone or something), especially for protection or containment. (the courthouse was ringed with police)
    Put an aluminium strip round the leg of (a bird) for subsequent identification. (only a small proportion of warblers are caught and ringed)
    Fraudulently change the identity of (a motor vehicle), typically by changing its registration plate. (there may be an organization which has ringed the stolen car to be resold)
    short for ringbark (They slashed and ringed the bark to stop these powerful trees putting out leaves.)
  • noun
    An act of ringing a bell, or the resonant sound caused by this. (there was a ring at the door)
    A particular quality conveyed by something heard or expressed. (the song had a curious ring of nostalgia to it)
    verb
    Make a clear resonant or vibrating sound. (a shot rang out)
    Call by telephone. (I rang her this morning)
    (of a place) resound or reverberate with (a sound or sounds) (the room rang with laughter)

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