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/

(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)