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ping (plural pings)
- 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.
- (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.
- (networking) A packet which a remote host is expected to echo, thus indicating its presence.
- The network is overloaded from all the pings going out.
- (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.
- (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 […]
A pulse of high-pitched or ultrasonic sound
A packet which a remote host is expected to echo
- To make a high-pitched, short and somewhat sharp sound.
- My car was pinging until my last oil change.
- (submarine navigation) To emit a signal and then listen for its echo in order to detect objects.
- (networking) To send a packet in order to determine whether a host is present, particularly by use of the ping utility.
- I'm pinging their server.
- The server pings its affiliates periodically.
- (networking) To send a network packet to another host and receive an acknowledgement in return.
- I can't ping their server: perhaps it's been switched off.
- 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.
- (colloquial) To flick.
- I pinged the crumb off the table with my finger.
- (colloquial, sports, intransitive) To bounce.
- The ball pinged off the wall and came hurtling back.
- (colloquial, sports, transitive) To cause something to bounce.
2010 December 29, Chris Whyatt, “Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton”, in BBC:
- Charging through the Bolton midfield to find a free moment, Essien then pinged the ball into the space into which Drogba was intelligently running.
- (colloquial, sports) To call out audibly.
2011 September 24, Ben Dirs, “Rugby World Cup 2011: England 67-3 Romania”, in BBC Sport:
- 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.
To emit a signal and then listen for its echo in order to detect objects
To send a packet in order to determine whether a host is present
To ping and receive an acknowledgement
To send an email or other message to someone in hopes of eliciting a response
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