a piece of jewellery that you wear on your finger, consisting of a round band of gold, silver, etc., sometimes decorated with precious stones
a gold ring
A diamond glittered on her ring finger (= the finger next to the little finger, especially on the left hand) .
an object in the shape of a circle with a large hole in the middle
a key ring
a round mark or shape
She had dark rings around her eyes from lack of sleep.
The children sat on the floor in a ring.
a confined area in which animals or people perform or compete, with seats around the outside for the audience
a boxing ring
a circus ring
a small flat place on a cooker/stove that is heated by gas or electricity and is used for cooking on
to turn off the gas ring
group of people
a group of people who are working together, especially in secret or illegally
a spy ring
a drugs ring
to be much better at doing sth than sb else
to announce officially that you are going to compete in an election, a competition, etc.
to surround sb/sth
Thousands of demonstrators ringed the building.
to put a metal ring around a bird's leg so that it can be easily identified in the future
to draw a circle around sth
Ring the correct answer in pencil.
to telephone sb/sth
I'll ring you up later.
He rang up the police station.
When is the best time to ring New York?
David rang up while you were out.
He said he was ringing from London.
I'm ringing about your advertisement in the paper.
Could you ring for a cab?
She rang to say she'd be late.
of a telephone
to make a sound because sb is trying to telephone you
Will you answer the telephone if it rings?
if you ring a bell or if a bell rings , it produces a sound
Someone was ringing the doorbell.
The church bells rang.
Just ring for the nurse (= attract the nurse's attention by ringing a bell) if you need her.
to be full of a sound; to fill a place with sound
The house rang with children's laughter.
Applause rang through the hall.
to be full of a particular quality
His words rang with pride.
to be uncomfortable and be unable to hear clearly, usually because you have heard a loud noise, etc.
The music was so loud it made my ears ring.
to sound familiar to you, as though you have heard it before
His name rings a bell but I can't think where we met.
to make changes to sth in order to have greater variety
Ring the changes with a new colour.
to make you feel that you can still hear sth
His warning was still ringing in my ears.
usually used in the progressive tenses
of a telephone
to ring many times
The phone has been ringing off the hook with offers of help.
to give the impression of being sincere/true or not sincere/true
It may seem a strange story but it rings true to me.
if you say that alarm bells are ringing , you mean that people are starting to feel worried and suspicious
to telephone sb again, for example because they were not there when you called earlier, or to return a call they made to you
He isn't here now─could you ring back later?
I'll ask Simon to ring you back when he gets in.
to telephone a television or radio show, or the place where you work
to ring bells to celebrate sth, especially the new year
to put down the telephone because you have finished speaking
He rang off before I could explain.
to be heard loudly and clearly
A number of shots rang out.
to telephone a number of people in order to organize sth or to get some information, etc.
I rang round all the travel agents in the area.
to make a telephone call to sb, especially within the same building
Reception just rang through to say my visitor has arrived.
to enter the cost of goods being bought in a shop/store on a cash register by pressing the buttons; to make sales of a particular value
She rang up all the items on the till.
The company rang up sales of $166 million last year.
the sound that a bell makes; the act of ringing a bell
There was a ring at the door.
He gave a couple of loud rings on the doorbell.
a loud clear sound
the ring of horse's hooves on the cobblestones
a particular quality that words, sounds, etc. have
His explanation has a ring of truth about it.
Her protestation of innocence had a hollow ring to it (= did not sound sincere) .
The story had a familiar ring to it (= as if I had heard it before) .
to make a telephone call to sb
I'll give you a ring tomorrow.
the opportunity to be successful; success that you have worked hard to get
The girls' outdoor track team has grabbed the brass ring seven times.
From the custom of giving a free ride to any child who grabbed one of the rings hanging around the side of a merry-go-round at a fairground.
In BrE , to phone , to ring and to call are the usual ways of saying to telephone . In NAmE the most common word is call , but phone is also used. Speakers of NAmE do not say ring . Telephone is very formal and is used mainly in BrE .
You can use call or phone call (more formal) in both BrE and NAmE .
Were there any phone calls for me?
How do I make a local call?
习语give sb a call亦为惯常用语：我今晚要给你打电话。非正式英国英语亦可说：我今晚要给你打电话。
The idiom give sb a call is also common. I’ll give you a call tonight. In informal BrE you could also say I’ll give you a ring tonight.
a strip of material attached to the leg of a bird to identify it (as in studies of bird migration)
a rigid circular band of metal or wood or other material used for holding or fastening or hanging or pulling
- there was still a rusty iron hoop for tying a horse
jewelry consisting of a circlet of precious metal (often set with jewels) worn on the finger
- she had rings on every finger
- he noted that she wore a wedding band
a platform usually marked off by ropes in which contestants box or wrestle
a characteristic sound
- it has the ring of sincerity
the sound of a bell ringing
- the distinctive ring of the church bell
- the ringing of the telephone
- the tintinnabulation that so voluminously swells from the ringing and the dinging of the bells"--E. A. Po
an association of criminals
- police tried to break up the gang
- a pack of thieves
(chemistry) a chain of atoms in a molecule that forms a closed loop
近义词: closed chain
a toroidal shape
- a ring of ships in the harbor
- a halo of smoke
近义词: halo,annulus,doughnut,anchor ring
get or try to get into communication (with someone) by telephone
- I tried to call you all night
- Take two aspirin and call me in the morning
近义词: call,telephone,call up,phone
attach a ring to the foot of, in order to identify
- ring birds
- band the geese to observe their migratory patterns
extend on all sides of simultaneously;encircle
- The forest surrounds my property
sound loudly and sonorously
- the bells rang
make (bells) ring, often for the purposes of musical edification
- Ring the bells
- My uncle rings every Sunday at the local church
ring or echo with sound
- the hall resounded with laughter