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Webster 1913 Edition


Rung

Rung

,
imp.
&
p.
p.
of
Ring
.

Rung

,
Noun.
[OE.
ronge
, AS.
hrung
, a staff, rod, pole; akin to G.
runge
a short, thick piece of iron or wood, OD.
ronghe
a prop, support, Icel.
röng
a rib in a ship, Goth.
Hrugga
a staff.]
1.
(Shipbuilding)
A floor timber in a ship.
2.
One of the rounds of a ladder.
3.
One of the stakes of a cart; a spar; a heavy staff.
4.
(Mach.)
One of the radial handles projecting from the rim of a steering wheel; also, one of the pins or trundles of a lantern wheel.

Webster 1828 Edition


Rung

RUNG

, pret. and pp. of ring.

RUNG

,
Noun.
A floor timber in a ship, whence the end is called a rung-head; more properly a floor-head.

Definition 2022


rung

rung

See also: rừng and rụng

English

Noun

rung (plural rungs)

  1. A crosspiece forming a step of a ladder; a round.
  2. A crosspiece between legs of a chair.
  3. (nautical, dated) A floor timber in a ship.
  4. (dated) One of the stakes of a cart; a spar; a heavy staff.
  5. (engineering, dated) One of the radial handles projecting from the rim of a steering wheel.
  6. (engineering, dated) One of the pins or trundles of a lantern wheel.
Translations

Etymology 2

From the verb ring, from Middle English ringen, from Old English hringan (to ring, sound, clash; announce by bells), from Proto-Germanic *hringijaną (to resound, ring)

Verb

rung

  1. past participle of ring (only in senses related to a bell)
  2. (chiefly dialectal) simple past tense of ring
    • 1723, Charles Walker, Memoirs of Sally Salisbury, VI:
      With ecchoing Shouts the vaulted Chamber rung, / Belle Chuck was now the TOAST of ev'ry Tongue.
    • 1906, (Please provide the title of the work), page 229:
      Mr. Seibels, in his testimony, said I rung him up to see about labels. He is very much mistaken. I rung him up to see about bottles.
    • 1996, Peter Golenbock, Wrigleyville: A Magical History Tour of the Chicago Cubs, page 435:
      So they rung him up, and the next day he came to me and wanted to know where that pitch was.
    • 2008, Dean Kuipers, Burning Rainbow Farm: How a Stoner Utopia Went Up in Smoke, page 70:
      "I just rung him up, told him I was looking for an apartment and some work and got both of them the same day," Moe said.

Usage notes

Rang and rung are incorrect for the past of ring in the sense of encircle.

Rung as a simple past is usually considered incorrect.

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