1 loop, hoop, band, circle, ringlet, circlet, annulus, grommet, eyelet, quoit, noose, cincture, belt, girdle, cestus or cestos, border, halo, aureole, nimbus, corona, cuff, collar, necklace, neckband, bandeau, fillet, bracelet, armlet, torque or torc, crown, coronet, tiara, diadem, (laurel-)wreath, garland, Mechanics gland, bearing, US and Canadian bushing or Brit also bush, washer, O-ring, Nautical thimble, Architecture and Heraldry annulet, Literary roundlet, Anatomy cingulum:
The rings brought up from the wreck of the ancient Greek trading vessel are worth a great deal
2 rink, enclosure, arena, circus, bullring, Spanish plaza de toros, boxing ring:
I would no sooner get into the ring with him than with a bull!
3 circle, organization, gang, band, pack, cell, team, crew, confederacy, confederation, combination, cartel, mob, bloc, coterie, set, clan, clique, fraternity, brotherhood, sorority, sisterhood, guild, (secret) society, junta or junto, cabal, faction, group, league, alliance, federation, coalition, union, affiliation, camorra, camarilla, Bund:
She was running an international ring of jewel thieves who worked only in the most exclusive resorts.
4 encircle, surround, bind, gird, girt, circle; loop, compass, envelop, encompass, embrace:
The swimming-pool is ringed with dense shrubbery. After the vase is fired, I intend to ring the base with a gold band.
1 peal, chime, toll, knell, tintinnabulate, ding-dong, gong, sound, resonate, resound, echo, re-echo, reverberate; clang, jangle; tinkle, clink, jingle, ding-a-ling, ring-a-ding-ding, Archaic or Dialect knoll:
The bells rang out their joyous announcement of peace on earth.
2 telephone, ring up, phone, call, give (someone) a ring, Colloq (give (someone) a) buzz, give (someone) a tinkle, get (someone) on the blower or horn, US (give (someone) a) jingle:
I'll ring you when I am next in town.
3 ringing, peal, pealing, chime, chiming, toll, tolling, tintinnabulation, knell, sounding, resonating, echo, echoing, re-echo, re-echoing, reverberation, reverberating; clang, clanging, jangle, jangling; tinkle, tinkling, clink, clinking, jingle, jingling, ding-a-ling, ring-a-ding-ding, Archaic or Dialect knoll:
I couldn't hear the ring at the door because the water was running.
4 (telephone or phone) call, Colloq buzz, tinkle, US jingle:
Don't forget to give your mother a ring on Sunday.
1 piece of jewellery
engagement, eternity, signet, wedding | diamond, gold, etc.
She wore a diamond engagement ring.
VERB + RING
have on, wear
He had a signet ring on his little finger.
| put on | take off
RING + NOUN
(= the finger next to the little finger, especially on the left hand)
inner | outer | concentric
The street plan of the city has evolved as a series of concentric rings.
| black, dark
He had dark rings around his eyes.
| smoke, tree
to blow smoke rings
VERB + RING
form, stand in
The children formed a ring around their teacher.
in a/the ~
The children sat on the floor in a ring.
3 where a performance, match, etc. takes place
boxing, bull, circus, show, wrestling
in/into the ~
He was back in the ring (= the boxing ring)only a month after the injury.
retire from the ring
(= stop boxing)
4 people involved in sth secret/illegal
drugs, smuggling, spy
VERB + RING
be involved in | break up
Customs officials have broken up a major drugs ring.
5 telephone call
VERB + RING
I'll give you a ring once I get home.
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