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Definition of ring
1a 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 circular band of any material:fried onion rings Astronomy a thin band or disk of rock and ice particles around a planet. a circular marking or pattern:black rings around her eyes [usually as modifier] Archaeology a circular prehistoric earthwork, typically consisting of a bank and ditch:a ring ditch 2an enclosed space, typically surrounded by seating for spectators, in which a sport, performance, or show takes place:a circus ring a roped enclosure for boxing or wrestling.
) the profession, sport, or institution of boxing.
3a group of people or things arranged in a circle:he pointed to the ring of trees
(in a ring
) arranged or grouped in a circle:everyone sat in a ring, holding hands
[usually with modifier] a group of people drawn together due to a shared interest or goal, especially one involving illegal or unscrupulous activity:the police had been investigating the drug ring 4a circular or spiral course:they were dancing energetically in a ring 5 Mathematics a set of elements with two binary operations, addition and multiplication, the second being distributive over the first and associative.
verb [with object]
1surround (someone or something), especially for protection or containment:the courthouse was ringed with police form a line around the edge of (something circular):dark shadows ringed his eyes draw a circle around (something), especially to focus attention on it:an area of Tribeca had been ringed in red 2put a circular band through the nose of (a bull, pig, or other farm animal) to lead or otherwise control it.
Do not confuse ring
. See wring.
The different forms of the verb are: (rings, ringing; the past tense is rang and the past participle is rung)