General English

  • verb to make a ping


  • noun
    (written as PING)
    a software utility that will test all the nodes on a network or Internet to ensure that they are working correctly.
  • acronymICMP
    (written as PING)
  • acronym forpacket Internet groper
    (written as PING)
  • noun an extension to the Internet Protocol that provides error detection and control messages


  • A sonic or ultrasonic pulse, such as that utilized in sonar.
  • A utility used to determine whether a given IP address is connected to the Internet at a given moment. A packet is sent to the desired address, and a response is awaited. Used, for instance, for troubleshooting. Also, to employ such a utility. Although ping is often considered to be an acronym for Packet Internet Groper, its origin is based on the sending of a signal in expectation of a response, as is the case with a ping (1).
  • synonymPacket Internet Groper


  • Dry cooking of food in the oven or over a source of heat such as charcoal.

Information & Library Science

  • noun the length of time, in milliseconds, that it takes to send a message to an intranet, Internet or web address and receive a reply
  • verb to send a packet of data to an intranet, Internet or web address to check whether it is accessible or is responding


  • verb to shoot or wound by shooting. An item of underworld slang from the early 1990s, the word is echoic, imitating the sound of a small-calibre gunshot or a ricochet.


  • acronym forpacket internet gopher
    (written as PING)