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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR RING

To the porter who answered his ring he handed the message to be put off at the first stop.

The ring of anxiety in Grace's voice had not been lost upon her.

A helmet fell from his hands on the floor with a ring of steel.

He stepped to a corner of the room and by a ring he raised a trapdoor.

And he had actually given that ring into the keeping of this girl!

You see, she finds the ring, as I knew she would from the moment that your string twanged.

Isn't it a wonder that we ever take the risk of having one ring in our ears forever?

Thus it was possible to ring the doorbell from the pavement, and this the stranger did.

She stood looking down, twisting her ring around her finger.

His eyes, lifted from the ring, fell on the red glow of the roses that had come that morning.

WORD ORIGIN

"circular band," Old English hring "small circlet, especially one of metal for wearing on the finger or as part of a mail coat; anything circular," from Proto-Germanic *khrengaz (cf. Old Norse hringr, Old Frisian hring, Danish, Swedish, Dutch ring, Old High German hring, German Ring), literally "something curved," from PIE *skrengh- nasalized form of (s)kregh-, from root *(s)ker- "to turn, bend," with wide-ranging derivative senses (cf. Latin curvus "bent, curved," crispus "curly;" Old Church Slavonic kragu "circle," and perhaps Greek kirkos "ring," koronos "curved").

Other Old English senses were "circular group of persons," also "horizon." Meaning "place for prize fight and wrestling bouts" (early 14c.) is from the space in a circle of bystanders in the midst of which such contests once were held, "... a circle formed for boxers, wrestlers, and cudgel players, by a man styled Vinegar; who, with his hat before his eyes, goes round the circle, striking at random with his whip to prevent the populace from crowding in" [Grose, 1788]. Meaning "combination of interested persons" is from 1829. Of trees, from 1670s; fairy ring is from 1620s. Ring finger is Old English hringfingr, a compound found in other Germanic languages. To run rings round (someone) "be superior to" is from 1891.

Nursery rhyme ring a ring a rosie is attested in an American form (with a different ending) from c.1790. "The belief that the rhyme originated with the Great Plague is now almost universal, but has no evidence to support it and is almost certainly nonsense" ["Oxford Dictionary of English Folklore"]. This proposal of connection dates only to the late 1960s.

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