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[ping] /pɪŋ/
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
1850-1855
1850-55; imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for pings

ping

/pɪŋ/
noun
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
verb
3.
(intransitive) to make such a noise
4.
(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 pings
verb

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

Usage Note

informal

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Word Origin and History for pings

ping

n.

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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for pings

ping

verb

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.
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Related Abbreviations for pings

PING

Packet Internet Groper
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