Definitions

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

  • n. A single light metallic sound, as of a small bell.
  • intransitive v. To give forth a light metallic sound.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The sound of small metallic bell
  • v. To make a ting sound
  • n. ancient Chinese vessel with legs and a lid.
  • n. The apartment in a Chinese temple where the idol is kept.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sharp sound, as of a bell; a tinkling.
  • intransitive v. To sound or ring, as a bell; to tinkle.
  • n. The apartment in a Chinese temple where the idol is kept.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In China, a pavilion; a kiosk.
  • To sound or ring tinklingly; tinkle.
  • n. A sharp sound, as of a bell; a tinkling.
  • n. Same as thing.
  • n. See sycee-silver.

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

  • n. a light clear metallic sound as of a small bell
  • v. make a light, metallic sound; go `ting'
  • v. cause to make a ting

Etymologies

From Middle English tingen, to cause to ring, of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
onomatopoeia (Wiktionary)
Chinese: 鼎, pinyin: dǐng. This definition is lacking an etymology or has an incomplete etymology. You can help Wiktionary by giving it a proper etymology. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • This entire ting is in the hands of lawyers and accountants, neither profession is peopled by those who have consciences.

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  • The first signs of spring are beginning to appear in Creeting St Peter and, unfortunately, have received something of a frosty reception from Mother Nature.

    Liberal Bureaucracy

  • Unfortunately, in Creeting St Peter, life is not that simple.

    British Blogs

  • Once I heard a "ting" - as if somebody was using the telephone.

    The Circus of Adventure

  • In some exper­i­ments, the envi­ron­ment mat­ters a great deal; in oth­ers, the set­ting is a psychologist’s lab.

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  • The novel I'm working on right now has "ting," I know it does, but it's driving me crazy and I'm having a ball with an easy reader on the side.

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  • Our GP tutor (also known as that "ting") must be the worse GP tutor in the history of GP tutors!

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  • Cycling in to town, I heard a faint 'ting' behind and beyond me; a bicycle bell on the opposite pavement, one that was the same sort as my own.

    Absent with leave

  • He remembered the 'ting' of the telephone that Jack said he had heard that afternoon.

    The Circus of Adventure

  • I heard now and then a sound that resembled the swift flight of a bird or the sudden "ting" of a telegraph-wire.

    The Dark Forest

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