AskDefine | Define ding

Dictionary Definition

ding v : go `ding dong', like a bell [syn: dong, dingdong]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. Ancient Chinese vessel with legs and a lid; also called ting. Chinese: 鼎, pinyin: dǐng.
  2. Very minor damage, a small dent or chip.
    As a kid, I always broke off a chunk of wax and jammed it into a fresh ding in hopes of saving the foam from water invasion, but days later I found myself picking out waxy bits from a brown-stained nightmare. — Jay DiMartino


(surfing) damage on a surfboard, usually in the form of a dent
very minor damage caused in a traffic accident


  1. To hit or strike.
  2. To mishit a golf ball.
  3. To deduct, as points.
    My bank dinged me three bucks for using their competitor's ATM.
  4. To back out of a task in a shameful manner
    He was supposed to go but he dinged out on me.
  5. To inflict minor damage upon.
    If you surf regularly, then you're going to ding your board. — BBC surfing Wales


to hit or strike
(surfing) to damage a surfboard, especially by denting it
To mishit a golf ball
(colloquial) To deduct, as points

See also



  • [dɪŋ]


  1. thing



  • lang=ga|[dʲɪŋ] or


  1. to wedge
  2. to make compact
  3. to dent



Pinyin syllable

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, dīng, díng, dǐng, or dìng.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Extensive Definition

Ding may refer to:
  • World snooker player, and former China Open champion Ding Junhui
  • Ding (vessel), a type of ancient Chinese vessel with three legs
  • Ding ware, Chinese ceramic ware
  • Ding, in manufacturing, a dimensional defect in a manufactured part's surface, in which the surface is depressed in a very small area and is usually raised in the immediately surrounding area, due to material deformation caused by the (usually inadvertent or accidental) impact of a blunt object, such as a tool or other manufacturing accessory. The defect may be unimportant or may be a critical defect that would cause unacceptable leakage, friction, poor fit, and/or cosmetic unattractiveness in the manufactured product. Detection of dings requires high-definition metrology of the entire critical surface areas of a manufactured part, since occurrence of dings is largely unpredictable as to their cause, frequency or location on the manufactured surfaces.
  • Ding (surname), a Chinese surname (Chinese: 丁; Pinyin: Dīng)
  • A program from Southwest Airlines allowing access to exclusive low fares.
  • Jargon for advancing a level in many video games, particularly of the role-playing genre. It originates from Everquest as there was a "Ding" sound when you leveled up.
    • A webcomic by Scott Kurtz, set within the world of the World of Warcraft video game.
  • Ding, a song/music-video by Seeed (a German reggae/dancehall band).
  • Ding! an early (peer-to-peer) buddy list product developed by Activerse Inc. circa 1996-1999
  • Ding, the contracted form of "Dingo", is a racially offensive term in India for individuals of Anglo-Indian descent.
  • (ding), early name of Lars Magne Ingebrigtsen's rewrite of GNUS, renamed Gnus before its first release. Gnus is a news reader.
  • An informal term for concussion, a mild traumatic brain injury common in sports.
ding in German: Ding
ding in Dutch: Ding

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