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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Ping, Ping Rivernoun

    a river in western Thailand; a major tributary of the Chao Phraya

  2. pingverb

    a sharp high-pitched resonant sound (as of a sonar echo or a bullet striking metal)

  3. pingverb

    hit with a pinging noise

    "The bugs pinged the lamp shade"

  4. pink, ping, knockverb

    sound like a car engine that is firing too early

    "the car pinged when I put in low-octane gasoline"; "The car pinked when the ignition was too far retarded"

  5. pingverb

    make a short high-pitched sound

    "the bullet pinged when they struck the car"

  6. pingverb

    contact, usually in order to remind of something

    "I'll ping my accountant--April 15 is nearing"

  7. pingverb

    send a message from one computer to another to check whether it is reachable and active

    "ping your machine in the office"


  1. pingnoun

    A high-pitched, short and somewhat sharp sound.

    My car used to make an odd ping, but after the last oil change it went away.

  2. pingnoun

    A pulse of high-pitched or ultrasonic sound whose echoes provide information about nearby objects and vessels.

    The submarine sent out a ping and got an echo from a battleship.

  3. pingnoun

    A packet which a remote host is expected to echo, thus indicating its presence.

    The network is overloaded from all the pings going out.

  4. pingnoun

    An email or other message sent requesting acknowledgement.

    I sent a ping to the insurance company to see if they received our claim.

  5. pingverb

    To make a high-pitched, short and somewhat sharp sound.

    My car was pinging until my last oil change.

  6. pingverb

    To emit a signal and then listen for its echo in order to detect objects.

  7. pingverb

    To send a packet in order to determine whether a host is present, particularly by use of the ping utility.

  8. pingverb

    To ping and receive an acknowledgement.

    I can't ping their server: perhaps it's been switched off.

  9. pingverb

    To send an email or other message to someone in hopes of eliciting a response.

    I'll ping the insurance company again to see if they've received our claim.

  10. pingverb

    To flick.

    I pinged the crumb off the table with my finger.

  11. pingverb

    To bounce.

    The ball pinged off the wall and came hurtling back.

  12. pingverb

    To cause something to bounce.

  13. Etymology: Onomatopoeic.


  1. PING

    Ping, Inc. (stylized as PING) is an American sports equipment manufacturing company based in Phoenix, Arizona. It focuses on golf equipment, producing golf clubs and golf bags. The company was founded by Karsten Solheim, following a career as an engineer at the General Electric company. In 1959, he started making putters in his garage in Redwood City, California. In 1967, he resigned from his job at General Electric to develop the PING company.


  1. ping

    Ping is a computer network diagnostic tool used to test the connectivity and measure the time it takes for a data packet to travel between a specific source and destination. The term is also used to represent the overall response time between two computers. It is named after the sound waves that sonar makes in submarine navigation - a "ping" sound. In addition, in the context of social media or messaging platforms, a "ping" may refer to a quick, short message or notification.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Pingnoun

    the sound made by a bullet in striking a solid object or in passing through the air

  2. Pingverb

    to make the sound called ping

  3. Etymology: [Probably of imitative origin.]


  1. Ping

    Ping is a computer network administration utility used to test the reachability of a host on an Internet Protocol network and to measure the round-trip time for messages sent from the originating host to a destination computer. The name comes from active sonar terminology which sends a pulse of sound and listens for the echo to detect objects underwater. Ping operates by sending Internet Control Message Protocol echo request packets to the target host and waiting for an ICMP response. In the process it measures the time from transmission to reception and records any packet loss. The results of the test are printed in the form of a statistical summary of the response packets received, including the minimum, maximum, and the mean round-trip times, and sometimes the standard deviation of the mean. Ping does not evaluate or compute the time to establish the connection; it only gives the mean round-trip times of an established connection with an open session. Depending on the implementation, the ping command can be run with various command line switches to enable special operational modes. Example options include: specifying the packet size used as the probe, automatic repeated operation for sending a specified count of probes, and time stamping.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Ping

    ping, n. the whistling sound of a bullet.—v.i. to produce such a sound.—n. Ping′-pong, a kind of indoor lawn-tennis, played with battledores or small rackets over a net on a table. [From the sounds made by the strokes on the ball.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. ping

    [from the submariners' term for a sonar pulse] 1. n. Slang term for a small network message (ICMP ECHO) sent by a computer to check for the presence and alertness of another. The Unix command ping(8) can be used to do this manually (note that ping(8)'s author denies the widespread folk etymology that the name was ever intended as an acronym for ‘Packet INternet Groper’). Occasionally used as a phone greeting. See ACK, also ENQ. 2. vt. To verify the presence of. 3. vt. To get the attention of. 4. vt. To send a message to all members of a mailing list requesting an ACK (in order to verify that everybody's addresses are reachable). “We haven't heard much of anything from Geoff, but he did respond with an ACK both times I pinged jargon-friends.” 5. n. A quantum packet of happiness. People who are very happy tend to exude pings; furthermore, one can intentionally create pings and aim them at a needy party (e.g., a depressed person). This sense of ping may appear as an exclamation; “Ping!” (I'm happy; I am emitting a quantum of happiness; I have been struck by a quantum of happiness). The form “pingfulness”, which is used to describe people who exude pings, also occurs. (In the standard abuse of language, “pingfulness” can also be used as an exclamation, in which case it's a much stronger exclamation than just “ping”!). Oppose blargh.The funniest use of ‘ping’ to date was described in January 1991 by Steve Hayman on the Usenet group comp.sys.next. He was trying to isolate a faulty cable segment on a TCP/IP Ethernet hooked up to a NeXT machine, and got tired of having to run back to his console after each cabling tweak to see if the ping packets were getting through. So he used the sound-recording feature on the NeXT, then wrote a script that repeatedly invoked ping(8), listened for an echo, and played back the recording on each returned packet. Result? A program that caused the machine to repeat, over and over, “Ping ... ping ... ping ...” as long as the network was up. He turned the volume to maximum, ferreted through the building with one ear cocked, and found a faulty tee connector in no time.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. ping

    The whistle of a shot, especially the rifle-bullets in their flight.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ping

    The whistle of a shot, especially the rifle-bullets in their flight.

Suggested Resources

  1. ping

    The ping symbol -- In this Symbols.com article you will learn about the meaning of the ping symbol and its characteristic.

  2. PING

    What does PING stand for? -- Explore the various meanings for the PING acronym on the Abbreviations.com website.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. PING

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Ping is ranked #10036 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Ping surname appeared 3,209 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Ping.

    61.8% or 1,986 total occurrences were White.
    19.4% or 625 total occurrences were Asian.
    15.3% or 492 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.9% or 61 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.1% or 38 total occurrences were Black.
    0.2% or 7 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ping in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ping in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of ping in a Sentence

  1. The S-300:

    You can brutally jam it, you can take the signal and return it, and then you send another ping which imitates the same signal. So instead of one target, the radar operator sees three, five or 10 and he does not know where to fire.

  2. Terence Chong:

    ' Tang ping' may be just the thought of some young people, ultimately, in the heart of people, people still want to work hard and get a good life.

  3. Eloy Terena:

    The government is doing this ping-pong game to gain time.

  4. Eugenia Mays:

    I would prep for Infield Greens — that’s the salad bar, now, instead of prepping for just one place, I prep for two places. … I ping-pong back and forth to make sure they’re OK.

  5. Richard B.:

    It only takes a single ping-pong ball to start a chain reaction when you throw it into a room full of loaded mouse traps.

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