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Definition of "rung" []

  • A rod or bar forming a step of a ladder. (noun)
  • A crosspiece between the legs of a chair. (noun)
  • The spoke in a wheel. (noun)
  • Nautical One of the spokes or handles on a ship's wheel. (noun)
  • A level or degree in a hierarchy: a middle manager awaiting a promotion to the next rung. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "rung" in a sentence
  • "To my own "frangine" who has just rung from the airport to say she is back home again after trekking for three weeks in the mountains of Bhutan and is on her way over to tell me of latest adventures, laughingly hinting that this was the hardest trek yet!"
  • "On the lowest rung is the corrupt souls who find violence acceptable (ALL MALES::: black, latino, Hells Angels, etc)."
  • "Not a huge nerd, but the name rung a bell so I googled it."