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