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English definition of “ping”

ping

verb
 
 
/pɪŋ/ IT
[I or T] informal to send someone an electronic message which they receive on their screen or phone as soon as it is sent: ping sb about sth An intern accidentally pinged a mailing list about the Senator's position on the vote. Excited messages ping from phone to phone, as employees hear the news.
[T] to test whether an internet connection is working by using a program to contact an address: We test the performance of the wireless devices by uploading, downloading, and pinging a remote host.
(Definition of ping verb from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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