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[ping] /pɪŋ/
verb (used without object)
to produce a sharp sound like that of a bullet striking a sheet of metal.
verb (used with object)
Computers. to send an echo-request packet to (an IP address) and use the echo reply to determine whether another computer on the network is operational and the speed at which the data is being transferred.
to make contact with (someone) by sending a brief electronic message, as a text message: The design team should ping marketing to set up a meeting next week.
Ping me when you arrive, and I’ll meet you at the door.
a pinging sound.
an infrasonic or ultrasonic sound wave created by sonar in echolocation.
an acoustic signal transmitted to indicate a location:
Rescue crews were able to follow the ping and locate the flight recorder.
Computers. an echo-request and echo-reply protocol that tests a connection online or in a network by sending a packet to a host IP address and measuring the round-trip speed of data transfer.
one of the possible sounds made by an electronic or mobile device to signal the receipt of data, as a phone or text message.
Origin of ping
1850-55; imitative Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for pinging
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  • They went on with their spading in the fields, while shrapnel was pinging.

    Young Hilda at the Wars Arthur Gleason
  • The pinging of the gnats hovering over and among the sedges made an incessant murmur through the warm, sultry air.

  • Our dreams of home were interrupted by the "pinging" of bullets, and the more distressing sounds of missiles of larger caliber.

    A Boy Trooper With Sheridan Stanton P. Allen
  • The pinging ceased sharply: the drumming continued; and I looked up to see the mess sergeant standing over me, at attention.

    Foe-Farrell Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
  • Though bullets were kicking up spurts of dust in the road or ping- pinging against the steel turret he would not be hurried.

    Fighting in Flanders E. Alexander Powell
  • I knew she was pinging his Whuffie and I caught her look of surprised disapproval.

British Dictionary definitions for pinging


a short high-pitched resonant sound, as of a bullet striking metal or a sonar echo
(computing) a system for testing whether internet systems are responding and how long in milliseconds it takes them to respond
(intransitive) to make such a noise
(transitive) (computing) to send a test message to (a computer or server) in order to check whether it is responding or how long it takes it to respond
Derived Forms
pinging, adjective
Word Origin
C19: of imitative origin
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Contemporary definitions for pinging

to get someone's attention with a sharp sound or other form of communication

Usage Note

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Word Origin and History for pinging



1835, imitative of the sound of a bullet striking something sharply. Meaning "short, high-pitched electronic pulse" is attested from 1943. As a verb from 1855; in computer sense is from at least 1981. Related: Pinged; pinging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for pinging



To get someone's attention with a sharp sound or other form of communication: ping my accountant with April 15 getting close

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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pinging in Technology
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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Related Abbreviations for pinging


Packet Internet Groper
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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