Meaning of “ping” in the English Dictionary

"ping" in English

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pingverb

uk /pɪŋ/ us /pɪŋ/

[ I ] to make a short, sharp sound:

We heard a small stone ping against our window.

[ T ] informal to send an email or text message:

Ping me an email.

[ T ] specialized computing to send a message to another computer in a network to check whether your computer is connected to it

[ I ] US UK pink When a car engine pings, it makes a high knocking sound because the fuel is not burning correctly.

pingnoun

uk /pɪŋ/ us /pɪŋ/

ping noun (TIME)

[ U ] specialized computing the time taken for a computer to connect to another computer or to a server:

If you play games online, you may want to test your ping time to any game server or website to see how good the connection is or isn't.

(Definition of “ping” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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pingnoun [ C ]

us /pɪŋ/

(Definition of “ping” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"ping" in Business English

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pingverb

uk /pɪŋ/ us 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.

pingnoun [ C ]

uk /pɪŋ/ us IT

a test to find out whether an internet connection is working by using a program to contact an address:

You can configure your Firewall to block incoming pings.

(Definition of “ping” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)