Definition of ping in English:



  • An abrupt high-pitched ringing sound.

    ‘the ping of the oven timer’
    • ‘It will be interesting now to see, when the oven pings, if the whole confection really is a recipe for success.’
    • ‘After all the dirt has been cleaned away, the contraption retiles the remaining shards of the bird's voices into a mosaic of noticeably cold bleeps and pings.’
    • ‘She hears, from the right phone, the metallic ping of an off center echo: ‘Hello?’’
    • ‘Just think of the reverberations created with all those pings and clicks!’
    • ‘The pings could sound like dinner bells to the animals, letting them know where to find fast food caught in a net.’
    • ‘Walking into an arcade shop where there's all those arcade games and noises going left right and centre and beeps and pings, I hear that type of noise in day to day life.’
    • ‘He could hear the pings from ricocheting bullets as well as the dull thuds from direct impacts.’
    • ‘The ping or beep that signals a new e-mail exploits the human capacity for infinite distraction, guaranteeing it will take priority over other tasks that might be more important, even though they seem less urgent.’
    • ‘The steel sparked, flashing in the half-light like lightning bugs in a cacophony of musical pings!’
    • ‘The gun's trigger guard cracked with a high-pitched ping, but the sound was pretty much lost in the screaming.’
    • ‘I could hardly hear the various beeps and pings over the fog machine.’
    • ‘Beeps, blips and pings are the everyday sounds that we live with, thanks to our push-button gizmos and fast-paced lifestyle.’
    • ‘Do you find that showing pings on the archive pages, but not rebuilding them when pinged, gives you more multiple pings?’
    • ‘This concussive approach is more pronounced on ‘Sticks and Nails’, where resonant metallic pings and tongs sound off like broken grandfather clock chimes.’
    • ‘Its low-frequency ping can last 100 seconds, can travel hundreds of miles, and harass and displace whales from their feeding and breeding grounds.’
    • ‘Elongated roars and fragments of voices gave a sense of atmospheric portent, while syncopated pings, clicks and chirps added a desultory counterpoint.’
    • ‘My head was consumed with these thoughts, when I heard a ping and the distinctive sound of a message being announced over a PA system.’
    • ‘It emits pings and listens for echoes bouncing back from small particles in the water.’
    • ‘The brass bed frame was bent and it echoed with a sharp ping.’
    • ‘The End Of Summer is warm and slithery, borne on slurred drums and elastic pings (perhaps the sound of tent pegs pounded by rubber mallets?)’


  • 1Make or cause to make a ping.

    [no object] ‘the doorbell pinged’
    [with object] ‘Victoria pinged the bell’
    • ‘Bloggers use pinging to let blog tracking services such as that their weblog has been updated.’
    • ‘Pereira had held off his man and slipped the ball back to the fullback, who weaved his way in to the box and side-footed his shot past Marshall only for the ball to ping off the base of the post.’
    • ‘When I woke the guys were here cutting the grass and the alarm was pinging gently to remind me it was time to get ready and go get my chest x-ray.’
    • ‘Their sensors consisted of a box that pinged whenever something was nearby.’
    • ‘Bullets were pinging off our armor all over our vehicle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘On our bombing run with the bomb doors open we could hear the shrapnel from the anti-aircraft guns pinging on our bomb casings.’
    • ‘As elastic bands pinged across the classroom, I reached in desperation for a book.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At intervals the washer pinged, I hit Save and toddled along to move the loads along, picking up the next heap as I went and shuffling it along the floor in front of me.’
    • ‘My mouth stayed firmly shut as insects pinged off my sunglasses.’
    • ‘Then, like a grand old tree succumbing to the woodman's axe, Mary's Dad keeled over forwards onto his face, his putter pinging away, bent double by the impact of body and ground.’
    • ‘Instead of being a taut, minimal straight line, I'm a curvy, springy, unmarshalled dithering thing, unable to ping, ding or ker-ching.’
    clank, clink, jingle, tinkle, ding, ping, clang, clash, clatter, rattle, vibrate, ring, chime
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  • 2Computing
    [with object] Query (another computer on a network) to determine whether there is a connection to it.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While that had been a very good thing for ping, FTP and TELNET, it was now a very bad thing.’
    • ‘Again, test your gateway by accessing an external site (use ping or your web browser or whatever).’
    • ‘To test your IPv6 connection, first try pinging something with the ping6 program on both the gateway and a connected host.’
    1. 2.1Send an email or other electronic message to (someone)
      ‘at least a dozen people have pinged me or called to tell me this’
      • ‘According to this very-cool story about mobile-phone culture in Japan, the kids use texting as a way to ping one another.’
      • ‘If I go back to the Edit Entry screen and refresh it, all the pings are still listed as ‘URLs to Ping’, rather than as ‘Previous pings sent’.’
      • ‘I have tried unsuccessfully to ping it so I've decided to re-post my article.’
      • ‘Why don't I have more people pinging me?’
      • ‘On their end, they see something like ‘Jason pinged you at 7: 34 pm’ with the option to ping right back.’
      • ‘I was pinged this morning by Peter Quintas, who told me that Silk Road has acquired some moblogging technology.’
      • ‘On Tuesday, I pinged Technorati two more times when I updated here.’
      • ‘Marc Canter pinged me about a newly launched feature at support for RSS output of Tribe's message boards.’
      • ‘I got quite a few emails in response to my post on sweethearting / pinging.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The simplest way get your weblog included in the Technorati index is to ping us whenever you update your weblog.’
      • ‘I've also reached my limit with people pinging me with trackbacks and when I go look at the post they wrote, it has nothing whatsoever to do with the post they trackbacked me on.’
      • ‘She is probably happiest when you are not pinging her at all.’
      • ‘The computer pinged to us at the appropriate time, causing both of us to jog forward to the cockpit and take our places.’
      • ‘Some people ping us directly, and most of the rest comes from blogs - which polls once an hour.’
      • ‘On that one, Chubby was pinged with the obvious question as to which town it should be as big as.’
      • ‘Sorry about the multiple pings, Mt went a little bezerk and didn't realize it had already pinged you when I edited the entry. sorry.’
      • ‘To get blogs is easy nowadays and so you just spam by writing pseudo blogs and linking and pinging.’
      • ‘I just tested it out with my previous post, pinging this thread.’
      • ‘I've pinged my kids on interest in building their own web site, or programming, No interest so far.’
  • 3US

    another term for pink


Mid 19th century: imitative.