pings

ping

[ping]
verb (used without object)
1.
to produce a sharp sound like that of a bullet striking a sheet of metal.
noun
2.
a pinging sound.

Origin:
1850–55; imitative

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ping (pɪŋ)
 
n
1.  a short high-pitched resonant sound, as of a bullet striking metal or a sonar echo
2.  computing a system for testing whether internet systems are responding and how long in milliseconds it takes them to respond
 
vb
3.  (intr) to make such a noise
4.  (tr) 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
 
[C19: of imitative origin]
 
'pinging
 
adj

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ping
1835, imitative of the sound of a bullet striking something sharply. Meaning "short, high-pitched electronic pulse" is attested from 1943. Verb use, in computer sense, is from at least 1981.
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Abbreviations & Acronyms
PING
Packet Internet Groper
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