from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Past tense of ring2.

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  • v. Simple past of ring.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. of ring, v. t. & i.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Preterit of ring.
  • An old form of rank.
  • n. In petrography, in the quantitative system of classification, a division of igneous rocks lower than the ‘order,’ based on the character of the chemical bases in the preponderating group of standard minerals in each class. See rock.


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  • The name rang a bell, but the voice had been totally unfamiliar.


  • The name rang some sort of distant bell … something my doctor back in the States might have once recommended when I was going through one of my insomnia jags.

    The Woman in the Fifth

  • Still, I could make some calls and see if the name rang any bells, and there was always Eldritch and Associates although, in my experience, lawyers tended to be unhelpful at best in these situations.

    The Unquiet

  • The name rang a vague bell and I leaned back in my ergonomically correct chair and wondered why.

    Last Lullaby

  • Suddenly a name rang in my head, like an echo: Walter.

    A Burning in Homeland

  • To Jo, who remembered her small son bathed in silver moonlight and slipping through the dark at Purgatory Cove to save them all, the name rang so true.


  • The term rang a bell for Nicole, her dad talking about his own disillusionment with the current state of the party.

    Boiling a Frog

  • The name rang familiar but not familiar enough for Matt to readily identify it.

    Moon Dance

  • The word rang in her mind, but the air was gone, and the voices she heard . . .

    The Pandora Principle

  • Majesta had without question been named by the British; the name rang with all the authority, grandeur, greatness, and dignity of sovereignty, its roots being in the Middle English word maieste, from the Old French majeste, from the Latin majestas, which was a long way around the mulberry bush.

    Eight Black Horses


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