• (British, America) IPA: /ɹʌŋ/

rung (plural rungs)

  1. A crosspiece forming a step of a ladder; a round.
  2. A crosspiece between legs of a chair.
  3. (figurative) A position in a hierarchy.
    the lowest rung of the society
  4. (nautical, dated) A floor timber in a ship.
  5. (dated) One of the stakes of a cart; a spar; a heavy staff.
  6. (engineering, dated) One of the radial handles projecting from the rim of a steering wheel.
  7. (engineering, dated) One of the pins or trundles of a lantern wheel.
Translations Translations Verb
  1. Past participle of ring (only in senses related to a bell)
  2. (chiefly dialectal) simple past tense of ring
    • 1723, Charles Walker, Memoirs of Sally Salisbury, VI:
      With ecchoing Shouts the vaulted Chamber rung, / Belle Chuck was now the TOAST of ev'ry Tongue.

rung (not comparable)

  1. Of a pig: having a ring through the nose.
    • 1842, American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine (volume 13, page 335)
      […] he passed by his gate with a decided scowl on his furrowed brow, and grunting and growling like a newly rung pig.
    • 1919, Popular Science (volume 95, number 4, page 31)
      A "rung" pig is comfortable as long as he confines his food hunt to the surface of the ground. Ringing a pig of ordinary size is easy, but special arrangements must be made for handling the big ones.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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