Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A device used underwater to produce pulses of sound, as for an echo sounder.

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  • n. A device that emits a short, high-pitched sound bust (i.e. goes, "ping!") such as in sonar or other echo location systems.
  • n. A device that periodically emits a signal that can be monitored to permit movement tracking.
  • n. A computer program that sends a ping message over a network.
  • n. A user of a ping program; one who pings.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a pulse generator used for echo sounding in sonar

Etymologies

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From ping + -er.

Examples

  • Attached to each voice recorder is a white tube called a pinger, because when it is dropped in water, it starts to accepted out a sound, a ping, every second.

    CNN Transcript Jun 11, 2009

  • You can see the incision on its abdomen where Richard implanted a radio tracking device - aka "pinger" and sewed it up.

    pics from the coral sea

  • And not only do we get to see the game in action - and it's looking pretty good - but we get to see a handful of new gameplay elements, like stealth takedowns, the new alien race in action, and the big boss that was revealed to us in the last trailer, the 'pinger'.

    Atomic

  • A battery-operated sonar "pinger," 4 inches long and about an inch in diameter, should already have started sending out acoustic signals from the ocean bottom about once every second.

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  • The boxes emit signals from a "pinger," but those will start to fade after 30 days.

    The Seattle Times

  • Arslanian said it is vital to locate a small beacon called a "pinger" that should be attached to the cockpit voice and data recorders, now presumed to be deep in the Atlantic.

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  • It is vital to locate a beacon called a "pinger" that should be attached to the cockpit voice and data recorders, now presumed to be deep in the Atlantic, Mr Arslanian said.

    Yahoo! News: Latest news headlines News Headlines | Top Stories

  • French officials now say earlier reports that a "pinger" signal from the black boxes was located were inaccurate.

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  • It is vital to locate a beacon called a "pinger" that should be attached to the cockpit voice and data recorders, now presumed to be deep in the Atlantic, he said.

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  • Amazon was selling 17 Wiis per second at the height of the fever, and more than one enterprising hacker whomped up a little pinger that would obsessively check Amazon for notice of new stock and then IM, email or SMS you the instant the Wii went back on the block.

    Archive 2008-03-01

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