Main definitions of ding in English

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ding1

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • Make a ringing sound.

    ‘cash registers were dinging softly’
    • ‘While it was baking I ran upstairs and worked until the timer dinged.’
    • ‘The elevator dinged again and the doors opened.’
    • ‘The continued the rest of the ride in silence and stepped out onto their drabby floor when the doors dinged open.’
    • ‘My dinger is dinging, the pasta is ready so I part it from the water.’
    • ‘As soon as the cash drawer dinged and slid out, the suspect reached into his waistband, pulled out a pistol, and screamed at the poor kid behind the counter to dump all the money in a bag, and do it fast!’
    • ‘When the green light above the elevator dinged quietly he flattened himself against the side of the wall closest to the elevator door and pushed Peaches forward so that she was doing the same.’
    • ‘I was cleaning out my SPAM folder last night when the computer dinged and another email landed in the SPAM folder… asking for a dimensional generator.’
    • ‘If I don't take the food out two minutes after the bell goes ‘ding’, it dings at me again, and louder!’
    • ‘The microwave dinged and Andy handed the plate to Cassidy.’
    • ‘The elevator dinged as it touched the ground, ‘Of course, how silly of me.’’
    • ‘The elevator dinged when he touched the ‘Down’ button.’
    • ‘The elevator dinged and once more the doors opened, ‘This way.’’
    • ‘Stick an egg-timer in front of him and when it dings, dinner is over.’
    • ‘Ding, ding, ding, The ring rang out across the school grounds and all the students raced to the door to get to their lockers first, along with Loan and Tobias.’
    • ‘The elevator dinged and the doors slid open again, revealing a completely different world from the one they had left on the main floor of the hotel.’
    • ‘My Super Duper Creep Detection Sense was dinging like crazy.’
    • ‘The button lit up, and something above them dinged.’
    • ‘The microwave dinged and Leon seemed to get a little shocked from the noise.’
    • ‘As he got into a comfortable sleeping position, his foot brushed against something that started dinging.’
    • ‘The microwave dinged again and Adam pulled out his lunch.’
    chime, ring out, chime out, toll, peal, knell
    ringing, chime, carillon, toll, tolling, peal, knell
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exclamation

  • Used to imitate a metallic ringing sound resembling a bell.

    • ‘The Wicked Witch - ding, dong - isn't dead anymore.’
    • ‘‘Ding ding ding, round two,’ he muttered, still bearing a grudge from the burns, and the being thrown into the seats.’
    • ‘Although one conductor only a few years ago on route 75 instead of pulling the cord twice just used to shout to the driver ‘ding ding!’’
    • ‘Ding, ding - it was a pity her brother wasn't here to ring the bell.’
    • ‘‘Ding, ding, ding, we have a winner’ she said with a coy smile.’

Origin

Early 17th century: imitative.

Pronunciation

ding

/diNG//dɪŋ/

Main definitions of ding in English

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ding2

noun

North American
informal
  • A deliberate or accidental blow, especially a mark or dent on the bodywork of a car, boat, or other vehicle.

    • ‘And with the exception of a few dings and dents, it looks pretty much the way it did when it rolled off the line on July 11, 1960.’
    • ‘Damage modeling is limited to minor dings and bumps.’
    • ‘It had a few scrapes and dings on it, so I had to get those taken care of before it goes back to the dealership at the end of the lease in 5 days.’
    • ‘Photographs show the shuttle's protective tiles has about 25 dings in it.’
    • ‘The report we got back was that there were 25 small dings.’
    • ‘Additionally, there was no forearm to protect the tubular magazine from dents and dings.’
    • ‘At the very end of the line I saw a woman with a little paint brush in hand examining each machine that came out of the inspection tower for any dings in the paint.’
    • ‘My car has a few scrapes and dings on it that I need to take care of in the next couple of months.’
    • ‘While you were drinking the coffee, the dealer's helpers were wetting down the merchandise, giving a false impression of good luster and camouflaging the dings.’
    • ‘The four-ply seams won't tear or unravel, and the soft but tough 1-inch tie-downs won't put dings or scratches on your boat's hull.’
    • ‘Your nails will catch in scratches, dings and cracks that your fingertips won't feel.’
    • ‘You stop the dents and the dings in your own garage, but what about in the parking lot?’
    • ‘While you can bang out the dents and dings somewhat on the track, there will also be a certain amount of destruction to you vehicle that's just irreparable.’
    • ‘After a stealth aircraft flies, maintenance workers must recoat the skin, repairing the tiny dings and burrs that increase the craft's radar signature.’
    • ‘It started as a little ding and the machine's constant vibration keeps making it worse.’
    • ‘All right, so the question is, as this data continues to flow in, and engineers are assessing what sort of dings and dents might have occurred, many reporters are asking the question, how serious is it?’
    • ‘Does it show signs of obvious abuse, such as dents, dings, or heavy scratches?’
    • ‘It must be smooth, clean and free from cracks and dings.’
    • ‘The Stanley Cup has suffered dents and dings and, no doubt, it has been a witness to wondrous - and scandalous - things while being passed from hand to hand at bars and parties around the world.’
    • ‘Often they bounce around on a truck seat, or maybe ride in a saddle scabbard all day strapped to an unruly mustang, acquiring numerous dings and dents.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • 1Dent (something)

    • ‘The windshield of my old car got dinged by hail once, but that's it.’
    • ‘Bullet cases also get nicked and dinged by a gun, so examiners often scrutinize them, too.’
    • ‘Simon parked in the back of the parking lot, out where there weren't any other cars, taking up two spots so some little high school twit wouldn't ding his car.’
    • ‘It had dinged and dented spacecraft from day one, a maintenance headache, but not seen as a real threat.’
    • ‘And I haven't even dinged the car, which is probably one of the top five fears on my driving list.’
    • ‘A piece of concrete scratched one line officer, and a tiny fragment of lead from the 200 gr. bullet dinged the chin of an adjacent shooter.’
    • ‘In addition, new boards loose considerable resale value after they are dinged or shattered a few times.’
    • ‘Many would have thought that the Newspapers would have dropped their society diary author when he dinged his car against a lamp-post whilst leathered.’
    • ‘I was on lunch break one day when the guy who was filling in for me dinged a car in the parking lot and didn't tell anyone.’
    • ‘Also be careful not to ding the edge of the panel when nailing or handling.’
    • ‘Be careful when hammering the nails not to ding the wood as a scar may be the result.’
    • ‘Windshields and bumpers are no substitute for massive collisions or destructive impacts, although you'll swear these cars were only lightly dinged.’
    • ‘Right… Tell your Mom I'm sorry I dinged her car, again and yeah, sorry for being so rude earlier.’
    • ‘Pausing only to drop my board and badly ding its nose, I returned to the car to find my friend lounging around.’
    • ‘If you're not too careful, you can seriously ding your motherboard.’
    • ‘‘They were dinged up a lot last year, and they were really good,’ says one SEC offensive coordinator.’
    1. 1.1 Hit (someone), especially on the head.
      ‘I dinged him one’
      • ‘If a receiver tips or deflects the ball and a player from the opposing team catches it, it's the quarterback who gets dinged while the receiver gets away unscathed.’
      • ‘All spent cases landed well away from the shooters, incidentally, and none came back to ding our foreheads as some of the mini .45s are prone to do.’
      • ‘And so you just ding the enemies to death, and they're dumb enough to let you do it.’
      • ‘Nothing spectacular but the Saints managed just two good runs over the middle of the line even though Martin was dinged in the third quarter.’
      • ‘The cornerbacks have been dinged and beaten badly on occasion.’
      • ‘‘I wondered if I had gotten dinged, and maybe I wasn't thinking straight,’ he says.’
      • ‘And if you've ever been surfing or body-surfing, you get hit, you get dinged as you're washed along on the shore.’
      hit over the head, hit on the head, hit, strike, buffet, bang, knock, thwack, slug, welt, cuff, punch, smash
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    2. 1.2US Criticize, injure, or penalize (someone)
      ‘agents who stayed on a call too long got dinged’
      • ‘Essentially, he's gonna get dinged on his paycheck.’
      • ‘Despite a clean program, she received required elements marks as low as 5.1 after being dinged for improper technique on the lutz and flip jumps.’
      • ‘I got a few minors, and was amused to note that I'd been dinged both for being a bit hesitant and for not being hesitant enough at various points.’
      • ‘I'm sure exercise correlates with happiness, so why not ding activities that grow couch potatoes?’
      • ‘If you live on a driveway-free street and have overnight guests with a car, they'll need a temporary permit or risk getting dinged with a fine.’
      • ‘Our format also has the dual purpose of knocking down a player like him, who doesn't get as much credit for his stolen bases and gets dinged for his lack of walks.’
      • ‘So, not only do you get dinged for the default on the original account, you will have an additional negative report for the second or third account (as it gets resold) for the same debt!’
      • ‘It is all so subjective; what one grader considers a good call last week could be dinged by another the next.’
      • ‘He dings him on a couple of different points.’
      • ‘I think I did that in my first paper and got an A, so I'm loathe to change too much from my ‘winning formula’ but I don't want to get dinged for it.’
      • ‘Then we could tip them for doing the right thing, which they often do, vs. only dinging them when they screw up.’
      • ‘As much as we got dinged in our Q3 sales, it ended up being a good thing in the long run.’
      • ‘Issuers who get dinged by credit-rating agencies see their bond prices fall.’
      • ‘I mean, I was on my way home from school, what were they going to ding me for?’

Origin

Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Danish dænge ‘beat, bang’.

Pronunciation

ding

/dɪŋ//diNG/

Main definitions of ding in English

: ding1ding2ding3

ding3

noun

Australian
informal
  • A lively party or celebration.

    social gathering, gathering, social occasion, social event, social function, function, get-together, celebration, reunion, festivity, jamboree, reception, at-home, soirée, social
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Origin

1950s: perhaps from ding-dong or wingding.

Pronunciation

ding

/dɪŋ//diNG/