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noun ring pronunciation in British English /rɪŋ/
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  1. 1
    [countable] a piece of jewellery in the form of a circle that you wear on a finger
    a gold ring
    ring on: She had a ring on every finger.
    1. a.
      an object in the shape of a circle
      onion rings
      curtain rings
    2. b.
      a line or shape that forms a ring
      She had black rings round her eyes from tiredness.
    3. d.
      a group of people or things that form a ring
      ring of: He glanced round the ring of faces waiting for him to speak.
      in a ring (=arranged in the shape of the edge of a circle): They sat in a ring around the fire.
  2. 2
    [countable] a sound produced by a phone when someone calls you
    He answered on the first ring.
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  3. 3
    [countable] the sound that a bell produces
    He was interrupted by the ring of the doorbell.
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    1. a.
      [countable] an act of making a bell produce a sound
      Impatiently she gave another ring of the doorbell.
    2. b.
      [singular] a sound like a bell
      The ring of his hammer echoed round the square.
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  4. 6
    [countable] a group of people involved in an activity, especially an illegal one
    The officer was suspected of involvement in an international drugs ring.
  5. 7
    [singular] a particular quality that something such as a statement seems to have
    Her account has a ring of authenticity about it.
    have a ring of truth: His version of events had a ring of truth.
    have a familiar ring: This story may have a familiar ring to it.


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