Definition of ping in US English:

ping

noun

  • 1A short, high-pitched ringing sound.

    ‘the ping of the oven timer’
    • ‘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?)’
    • ‘I could hardly hear the various beeps and pings over the fog machine.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The steel sparked, flashing in the half-light like lightning bugs in a cacophony of musical pings!’
    • ‘Beeps, blips and pings are the everyday sounds that we live with, thanks to our push-button gizmos and fast-paced lifestyle.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She hears, from the right phone, the metallic ping of an off center echo: ‘Hello?’’
    • ‘The brass bed frame was bent and it echoed with a sharp ping.’
    • ‘Its low-frequency ping can last 100 seconds, can travel hundreds of miles, and harass and displace whales from their feeding and breeding grounds.’
    • ‘It will be interesting now to see, when the oven pings, if the whole confection really is a recipe for success.’
    • ‘The gun's trigger guard cracked with a high-pitched ping, but the sound was pretty much lost in the screaming.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Do you find that showing pings on the archive pages, but not rebuilding them when pinged, gives you more multiple pings?’
    • ‘Elongated roars and fragments of voices gave a sense of atmospheric portent, while syncopated pings, clicks and chirps added a desultory counterpoint.’
    • ‘Just think of the reverberations created with all those pings and clicks!’
    • ‘It emits pings and listens for echoes bouncing back from small particles in the water.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This concussive approach is more pronounced on ‘Sticks and Nails’, where resonant metallic pings and tongs sound off like broken grandfather clock chimes.’
    ring, chime, peal, ding, ping, clink, chink, jingle, jangle
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    1. 1.1US A rattling sound made by an engine as a result of over-rapid combustion of the fuel–air mixture in the cylinders.

verb

  • 1Make or cause to make a short, high-pitched ringing sound.

    no object ‘the doorbell pinged’
    with object ‘Victoria pinged the bell’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It involves a rubber band that I wear round my wrist which I ping against my skin whenever my thoughts run away with me.’
    • ‘Several monitors clicked and pinged for both men, as Corpsman Frank Lerner moved between the two gurneys, watching silently.’
    • ‘Their sensors consisted of a box that pinged whenever something was nearby.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Bloggers use pinging to let blog tracking services such as Weblogs.com that their weblog has been updated.’
    • ‘The sergeant was interrupted by the sound of machine gun bullets pinging on the craft's armor.’
    • ‘He laughed and as the lift pinged at the garage, his hands settled over my eyes,’
    • ‘A new light pinged, indicating an attachment on the hull.’
    • ‘The sound has pierced through the windows and is pinging off the stone walls in the courtyard.’
    • ‘As elastic bands pinged across the classroom, I reached in desperation for a book.’
    • ‘Instead of being a taut, minimal straight line, I'm a curvy, springy, unmarshalled dithering thing, unable to ping, ding or ker-ching.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sniper shots zipped by, pinging off the Humvee.’
    • ‘On our bombing run with the bomb doors open we could hear the shrapnel from the anti-aircraft guns pinging on our bomb casings.’
    • ‘Bullets were pinging off our armor all over our vehicle.’
    • ‘My dosimeter starts pinging after three hours.’
    • ‘My mouth stayed firmly shut as insects pinged off my sunglasses.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Before his feelings could still properly be registered, the elevator pinged, announcing the arrival of the 13 th floor.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    clank, clink, jingle, tinkle, ding, 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.’
    • ‘To test your IPv6 connection, first try pinging something with the ping6 program on both the gateway and a connected host.’
    • ‘Again, test your gateway by accessing an external site (use ping or your web browser or whatever).’
    • ‘While that had been a very good thing for ping, FTP and TELNET, it was now a very bad thing.’
    • ‘The laptop sitting on the center console continuously pinging at the networks being discovered.’
    1. 2.1 Send an electronic message to (someone)
      ‘he just pinged me, pointing to a breaking news story’
      • ‘Why don't I have more people pinging me?’
      • ‘I have tried unsuccessfully to ping it so I've decided to re-post my article.’
      • ‘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 just tested it out with my previous post, pinging this thread.’
      • ‘On Tuesday, I pinged Technorati two more times when I updated here.’
      • ‘Some people ping us directly, and most of the rest comes from blogs - which polls Weblogs.com once an hour.’
      • ‘I got quite a few emails in response to my post on sweethearting / pinging.’
      • ‘Marc Canter pinged me about a newly launched feature at Tribe.net: support for RSS output of Tribe's message boards.’
      • ‘I was pinged this morning by Peter Quintas, who told me that Silk Road has acquired some moblogging technology.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The simplest way get your weblog included in the Technorati index is to ping us whenever you update your weblog.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘I've pinged my kids on interest in building their own web site, or programming, No interest so far.’
      • ‘On their end, they see something like ‘Jason pinged you at 7: 34 pm’ with the option to ping right back.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘On that one, Chubby was pinged with the obvious question as to which town it should be as big as.’
      • ‘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’.’
      • ‘To get blogs is easy nowadays and so you just spam by writing pseudo blogs and linking and pinging.’
  • 3US (of an engine) make a series of rattling sounds as a result of over-rapid combustion of the fuel–air mixture in the cylinders.

    ‘the engine pinged and strained, but they picked up speed’

Origin

Mid 19th century: imitative.

Pronunciation

ping

/piNG//pɪŋ/