Definition of ping in English:

ping

noun

  • 1A short high-pitched ringing sound, as of a tap on a crystal glass.

    ‘the syncopated ping of steel drums’
    • ‘The pings could sound like dinner bells to the animals, letting them know where to find fast food caught in a net.’
    • ‘He could hear the pings from ricocheting bullets as well as the dull thuds from direct impacts.’
    • ‘The brass bed frame was bent and it echoed with a sharp ping.’
    • ‘She hears, from the right phone, the metallic ping of an off center echo: ‘Hello?’’
    • ‘Beeps, blips and pings are the everyday sounds that we live with, thanks to our push-button gizmos and fast-paced lifestyle.’
    • ‘It emits pings and listens for echoes bouncing back from small particles in the water.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Elongated roars and fragments of voices gave a sense of atmospheric portent, while syncopated pings, clicks and chirps added a desultory counterpoint.’
    • ‘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?)’
    • ‘This concussive approach is more pronounced on ‘Sticks and Nails’, where resonant metallic pings and tongs sound off like broken grandfather clock chimes.’
    • ‘The gun's trigger guard cracked with a high-pitched ping, but the sound was pretty much lost in the screaming.’
    • ‘It will be interesting now to see, when the oven pings, if the whole confection really is a recipe for success.’
    • ‘Its low-frequency ping can last 100 seconds, can travel hundreds of miles, and harass and displace whales from their feeding and breeding grounds.’
    • ‘The steel sparked, flashing in the half-light like lightning bugs in a cacophony of musical pings!’
    • ‘Just think of the reverberations created with all those pings and clicks!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I could hardly hear the various beeps and pings over the fog machine.’
    • ‘Do you find that showing pings on the archive pages, but not rebuilding them when pinged, gives you more multiple pings?’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1US A percussive knocking sound, especially in an internal combustion engine.
      ‘if any sign of engine ping occurs’
      • ‘The engine developed a mysterious wheeze and ping.’
      • ‘Once you're there, though, the knocks and pings always seem to disappear, leaving you with a lot of explaining to do.’
      • ‘The engine pings, but there's something else, too, very far away.’

verb

  • 1Make or cause to make a ping.

    [no object] ‘the doorbell pinged’
    [with object] ‘Victoria pinged the bell’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My dosimeter starts pinging after three hours.’
    • ‘The sergeant was interrupted by the sound of machine gun bullets pinging on the craft's armor.’
    • ‘It involves a rubber band that I wear round my wrist which I ping against my skin whenever my thoughts run away with me.’
    • ‘Then came chaos: bullets pinging off trucks, grenades kicking up clouds of dirt and concrete, and, he says, noise louder than anything he imagined possible.’
    • ‘A new light pinged, indicating an attachment on the hull.’
    • ‘But everyone at the Castle watches the baseballs as they come thwocking out of these huge pitching machines, pinging off the aluminum bats and ricocheting against the chain-link roof of the cages.’
    • ‘Several monitors clicked and pinged for both men, as Corpsman Frank Lerner moved between the two gurneys, watching silently.’
    • ‘The sound has pierced through the windows and is pinging off the stone walls in the courtyard.’
    • ‘Sniper shots zipped by, pinging off the Humvee.’
    • ‘Before his feelings could still properly be registered, the elevator pinged, announcing the arrival of the 13 th floor.’
    • ‘He laughed and as the lift pinged at the garage, his hands settled over my eyes,’
    • ‘The clanking of the phone as it hit the cradle pinged through the hallway, the echo tingling through Wil's spine and making his neck hair stand on end.’
    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.

    • ‘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).’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To test your IPv6 connection, first try pinging something with the ping6 program on both the gateway and a connected host.’
    1. 2.1 Contact a person briefly (especially electronically)
      ‘he just pinged me, pointing to a breaking news story’
      • ‘Marc Canter pinged me about a newly launched feature at Tribe.net: support for RSS output of Tribe's message boards.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The computer pinged to us at the appropriate time, causing both of us to jog forward to the cockpit and take our places.’
      • ‘On that one, Chubby was pinged with the obvious question as to which town it should be as big as.’
      • ‘I just tested it out with my previous post, pinging this thread.’
      • ‘According to this very-cool story about mobile-phone culture in Japan, the kids use texting as a way to ping one another.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Some people ping us directly, and most of the rest comes from blogs - which polls Weblogs.com once an hour.’
      • ‘She is probably happiest when you are not pinging her at all.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘On their end, they see something like ‘Jason pinged you at 7: 34 pm’ with the option to ping right back.’
      • ‘I have tried unsuccessfully to ping it so I've decided to re-post my article.’
      • ‘I got quite a few emails in response to my post on sweethearting / pinging.’
      • ‘On Tuesday, I pinged Technorati two more times when I updated here.’
      • ‘The simplest way get your weblog included in the Technorati index is to ping us whenever you update your weblog.’
      • ‘To get blogs is easy nowadays and so you just spam by writing pseudo blogs and linking and pinging.’
      • ‘I was pinged this morning by Peter Quintas, who told me that Silk Road has acquired some moblogging technology.’
      • ‘I've pinged my kids on interest in building their own web site, or programming, No interest so far.’
      • ‘Why don't I have more people pinging me?’

Origin

Mid 19th century: imitative.

Pronunciation:

ping

/piNG/