ping

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See also: Ping, píng, pìng, Píng, pīng, and pǐng

English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Partly onomatopoeic, and partly continuing Middle English pingen (to push, shove, pierce, stab, prod, goad, urge, feel remorse, incite), from Old English pyngan (to prick). Compare English pang.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /pɪŋ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪŋ

Noun[edit]

ping (plural pings)

  1. A high-pitched, short and somewhat sharp sound.
    Coordinate terms: beep, peep
    My car used to make an odd ping, but after the last oil change it went away.
  2. (submarine navigation) 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. (networking) A packet which a remote host is expected to echo, thus indicating its presence.
    Coordinate terms: heartbeat, ACK
    The network is overloaded from all the pings going out.
  4. (text messaging, Internet) An email or other message sent requesting acknowledgement.
    I sent a ping to the insurance company to see if they received our claim.
  5. (networking) Latency.
    • 2000 April 4, "CaPRubberchecks" (username), Low-Ping servers...YIKES! in alt.games.starsiege.tribes, Usenet
    • 2000 November 8, "the_mad...@my-deja.com", HL DM with a low ping......., in alt.games.half-life, Usenet:
      "You low ping c**t, you only win cos of your ping!"
      > > And other such insights into why I was winning.
    • 2001 August 2, Asha, high ping in cs low ping outside cs??, in alt.games.half-life.counterstrike, Usenet
    • 2002 June 24, "drip" (username), Bandwidth - Lagtime, in alt.games.unreal.tournament, Usenet:
      Your best bet to negate lag is to go to a server using the zero ping mutator. This will compensate for your high ping when using a pistol, sniper or []
  6. (video games) A means of highlighting a feature on the game map so that allied players can see it.
  7. (Wiktionary and WMF jargon) A notification.

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Verb[edit]

ping (third-person singular simple present pings, present participle pinging, simple past pinged or (nonstandard) pang, past participle pinged or (nonstandard) pung)

  1. To make a high-pitched, short and somewhat sharp sound.
    My car was pinging until my last oil change.
    • 2013, Francine Rivers, And the Shofar Blew
      The microwave pinged. He forked the steak onto the plate and set the timer again.
  2. (submarine navigation) To emit a signal and then listen for its echo in order to detect objects.
  3. (networking) To send a packet in order to determine whether a host is present, particularly by use of the ping utility.
    Coordinate term: poll
    • 2008, Allan Reid, Jim Lorenz, Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP, Cisco Press (→ISBN)
      Just because you cannot ping a server or telnet to it does not mean that the server is down or inaccessible.
    I'm pinging their server.
    The server pings its affiliates periodically.
  4. (by extension) To send an email or other message to someone in hopes of eliciting a response.
    Coordinate term: buzz
    • 2001 November 25, William Safire, “On Language; The Arab Street”, in New York Times[1]:
      If any deeper etymology is required, Arthur, don't ping me; I'll ping you.
    • 2014, Jessica Pryce-Jones, Julia Lindsay, Running Great Meetings and Workshops For Dummies, John Wiley & Sons (→ISBN), page 294:
      If certain attendees don't actively participate and that's a surprise to you, ping them an email or private chat message and ask what's happening for them.
    I'll ping the insurance company again to see if they've received our claim.
  5. (colloquial) To flick.
    I pinged the crumb off the table with my finger.
  6. (colloquial, sports, intransitive) To bounce.
    The ball pinged off the wall and came hurtling back.
  7. (colloquial, sports, transitive) To cause something to bounce.
    • 2010 December 29, Chris Whyatt, “Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton”, in BBC[2]:
      Charging through the Bolton midfield to find a free moment, Essien then pinged the ball into the space into which Drogba was intelligently running.
  8. (colloquial, sports) To call out audibly.
    • 2011 September 24, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 67-3 Romania”, in BBC Sport[3]:
      However, after an inside pass from Moody to Tom Croft and a surge from the England blind-side, number eight James Haskell was eventually pinged from in front of the posts for not releasing.
  9. (colloquial) To penalize.
    Gary Ablett was pinged for holding the ball and gave away a free kick.

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Aromanian[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Probably from Latin impingō, with the loss of the initial prefix, or from a root *pingō instead of pangō. Compare Daco-Romanian împinge, împing.

Verb[edit]

ping (past participle pimte)

  1. I push.

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Galician[edit]

Spanish Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English ping

Noun[edit]

ping m (plural [please provide])

  1. ping

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

ping

  1. Nonstandard spelling of pīng.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of píng.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of pìng.

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Spanish[edit]

Spanish Wikipedia has an article on:
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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English ping

Noun[edit]

ping m (plural pings)

  1. ping