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Ring "Ring", n. [AS. hring, hrinc; akin to Fries. hring, D. & G. ring, OHG. ring, hring, Icel. hringr, DAn. & SW. ring; cf. Russ. krug'. Cf. , a row,.] A circle, or a circular line, or anything in the form of a circular line or hoop.
2. Specifically, a circular ornament of gold or other precious material worn on the finger, or attached to the ear, the nose, or some other part of the person; as, a wedding ring.
Upon his thumb he had of gold a ring. -Chaucer.
The dearest ring in Venice will I give you. -Shak.
3. A circular area in which races are or run or other sports are performed; an arena.
Place me, O, place me in the dusty ring, Where youthful charioteers contend for glory. -E. Smith.
4. An inclosed space in which pugilists fight; hence, figuratively, prize fighting. ``The road was an institution, the ring was an institution.'' -Thackeray.
5. A circular group of persons.
And hears the Muses in a ring Aye round about Jove's alter sing. -Milton.
6. (Geom.) (a) The plane figure included between the circumferences of two concentric circles. (b) The solid generated by the revolution of a circle, or other figure, about an exterior straight line (as an axis) lying in the same plane as the circle or other figure.
7. (Astron. & Navigation) An instrument, formerly used for taking the sun's altitude, consisting of a brass ring suspended by a swivel, with a hole at one side through which a solar ray entering indicated the altitude on the graduated inner surface opposite.
8. (Bot.) An elastic band partly or wholly encircling the spore cases of ferns. See Illust. of .
9. A clique; an exclusive combination of persons for a selfish purpose, as to control the market, distribute offices, obtain contracts, etc.
The ruling ring at Constantinople. -E. A. Freeman.
, armor composed of rings of metal. See , below, and , under .
(Zo["o]l.), the ring ousel.
(Zo["o]l.), the circular water tube which surrounds the esophagus of echinoderms.
, or . (Zo["o]l.) See , and Illust. of .
, a sharper who pretends to have found a ring (dropped by himself), and tries to induce another to buy it as valuable, it being worthless.
. See under .
, the third finger of the left hand, or the next the little finger, on which the ring is placed in marriage.
(Chem.), a graphic formula in the shape of a closed ring, as in the case of benzene, pyridine, etc. See Illust. under .
, a kind of mail made of small steel rings sewed upon a garment of leather or of cloth.
. (Astron.) See , under .
{Saturn's rings}. See .
. (Zo["o]l.) See .
(Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of Old World parrakeets having a red ring around the neck, especially {Pal[ae]ornis torquatus}, common in India, and {P. Alexandri} of .
. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The ringed dotterel. (b) Any one of several small American plovers having a dark ring around the neck, as the semipalmated plover ({[AE]gialitis semipalmata}).
(Zo["o]l.), a small harmless American snake () having a white ring around the neck. The back is ash-colored, or sage green, the belly of an orange red.
. (Naut.) See under .
(Zo["o]l.), the ring ousel.
, the ring in which prize fighters contend; prize fighters, collectively.
. (a) The body of sporting men who bet on horse races. [Eng.] (b) The prize ring.
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