Definitions and meaning of ping
Partly onomatopoeic, and partly continuing Middle English pingen (“to push, shove, pierce, stab, prod, goad, urge, feel remorse, incite”), from Old English pyngan (“to prick”). Compare English pang.
- (UK, US) IPA(key): /pɪŋ/
- Rhymes: -ɪŋ
ping (plural pings)
- A high-pitched, short and somewhat sharp sound.
- Coordinate terms: beep, peep
- (submarine navigation) A pulse of high-pitched or ultrasonic sound whose echoes provide information about nearby objects and vessels.
- (networking) A packet which a remote host is expected to echo, thus indicating its presence.
- Coordinate terms: heartbeat, ACK
- (text messaging, Internet) An email or other message sent requesting acknowledgement.
- (networking) Latency.
- 2000 April 4, "CaPRubberchecks" (username), Low-Ping servers...YIKES! in alt.games.starsiege.tribes, Usenet
- 2000 November 8, "[email protected]", HL DM with a low ping......., in alt.games.half-life, Usenet:
- "You low ping c**t, you only win cos of your ping!"
- > > And other such insights into why I was winning.
- 2001 August 2, Asha, high ping in cs low ping outside cs??, in alt.games.half-life.counterstrike, Usenet
- 2002 June 24, "drip" (username), Bandwidth - Lagtime, in alt.games.unreal.tournament, Usenet:
- Your best bet to negate lag is to go to a server using the zero ping mutator. This will compensate for your high ping when using a pistol, sniper or […]
- (video games) A means of highlighting a feature on the game map so that allied players can see it.
- (Wiktionary and WMF jargon) A notification.
ping (third-person singular simple present pings, present participle pinging, simple past and past participle pinged)
- To make a high-pitched, short and somewhat sharp sound.
- (submarine navigation) To emit a signal and then listen for its echo in order to detect objects.
- (networking) To send a packet in order to determine whether a host is present, particularly by use of the ping utility.
- Coordinate term: poll
- 2008, Allan Reid, Jim Lorenz, Working at a Small-to-Medium Business or ISP, Cisco Press (→ISBN)
- Just because you cannot ping a server or telnet to it does not mean that the server is down or inaccessible.
- (by extension) To send an email or other message to someone in hopes of eliciting a response.
- Coordinate term: buzz
- 2014, Jessica Pryce-Jones, Julia Lindsay, Running Great Meetings and Workshops For Dummies, John Wiley & Sons (→ISBN), page 294:
- If certain attendees don't actively participate and that's a surprise to you, ping them an email or private chat message and ask what's happening for them.
- (colloquial) To flick.
- (colloquial, sports, intransitive) To bounce.
- (colloquial, sports, transitive) To cause something to bounce.
- (colloquial, sports) To call out audibly.
- (colloquial) To penalize.
- Nonstandard spelling of pīng.
- Nonstandard spelling of píng.
- Nonstandard spelling of pìng.
- English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.
- to produce a brief, high-pitched sound.
(source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)