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ping | chat |

As a noun chat is

a chat, exchange of text or voice messages in real time, notably by internet.




(en noun)
  • A high-pitched, short and somewhat sharp sound.
  • My car used to make an odd ping , but after the last oil change it went away.
  • (submarine navigation) A pulse of high-pitched or ultrasonic sound whose echoes provide information about nearby objects and vessels.
  • The submarine sent out a ping and got an echo from a battleship.
  • (networking) A packet which a remote host is expected to echo, thus indicating its presence.
  • The network is overloaded from all the pings going out.
  • (text messaging, Internet) An email or other message sent requesting acknowledgement.
  • I sent a ping to the insurance company to see if they received our claim.

    See also

    * beep * peep * ping pong * ACK * heartbeat


  • To make a high-pitched, short and somewhat sharp sound.
  • My car was pinging until my last oil change.
  • (submarine navigation) To emit a signal and then listen for its echo in order to detect objects.
  • (networking) To send a packet in order to determine whether a host is present, particularly by use of the ping utility.
  • I'm pinging their server.
    The server pings its affiliates periodically.
  • (networking) To send a network packet to another host and receive an acknowledgement in return.
  • I can't ping their server: perhaps it's been switched off.
  • To send an email or other message to someone in hopes of eliciting a response.
  • I'll ping the insurance company again to see if they've received our claim.
  • (colloquial) To flick.
  • I pinged the crumb off the table with my finger.
  • (colloquial, sports, intransitive) To bounce.
  • The ball pinged off the wall and came hurtling back.
  • (colloquial, sports, transitive) To cause something to bounce.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2010 , date=December 29 , author=Chris Whyatt , title=Chelsea 1 - 0 Bolton , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=Charging through the Bolton midfield to find a free moment, Essien then pinged the ball into the space into which Drogba was intelligently running. }}
  • (colloquial, sports) To call out audibly.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=Septembe 24 , author=Ben Dirs , title=Rugby World Cup 2011: England 67-3 Romania , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=However, after an inside pass from Moody to Tom Croft and a surge from the England blind-side, number eight James Haskell was eventually pinged from in front of the posts for not releasing.}}

    See also

    * poll networking English onomatopoeias ----



    (wikipedia chat)

    Etymology 1

    Abbreviation of chatter . The bird sense refers to the sound of its call.


  • To be engaged in informal conversation.
  • She chatted with her friend in the cafe.
    I like to chat over a coffee with a friend.
  • To talk more than a few words.
  • I met my old friend in the street, so we chatted for a while.
  • To talk of; to discuss.
  • They chatted politics for a while.
  • To exchange text or voice messages in real time through a computer network, as if having a face-to-face conversation.
  • Do you want to chat online later?


  • Informal conversation.
  • * {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham)
  • , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=Foreword citation , passage=Reg liked a chat about old times and we used to go and have a chinwag in the pub.}}
  • A conversation to stop an argument or settle situations.
  • An exchange of text or voice messages in real time through a computer network, resembling a face-to-face conversation.
  • Any of various small Old World passerine birds in the subfamily Saxicolini that feed on insects.
  • Derived terms
    * backchat * chatroom * chat up * stonechat * whinchat

    Etymology 2

    Compare chit'' "small piece of paper", and ''chad''.William Safire, ''The Right Word in the Right Place at the Right Time , p. 43, Simon and Schuster, 2007 ISBN 1416587403.


  • A small potato, such as is given to swine.
  • References

    Etymology 3

    Origin unknown.


    (en noun)
  • Mining waste from lead and zinc mines.
  • * 2006 , Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day , Vintage 2007, p. 441:
  • Frank had been looking at calcite crystals for a while now [...] among the chats or zinc tailings of the Lake County mines, down here in the silver lodes of the Vita Madre and so forth.

    Etymology 4

    From .

    Alternative forms

    * chatt


    (en noun)
  • .
  • * 1977 , Mary Emily Pearce, Apple Tree Lean Down , page 520:
  • 'Do officers have chats , then, the same as us?'
    'Not the same, no. The chats they got is bigger and better, with pips on their shoulders and Sam Browne belts.'
  • * 2007 , How Can I Sleep when the Seagull Calls? (ISBN 978-1-4357-1811-1), page 18:
  • May a thousand chats from Belgium crawl under their fingers as they write.
  • * 2013 , Graham Seal, The Soldiers' Press: Trench Journals in the First World War (ISBN 1137303263), page 149:
  • Trench foot'' was a nasty and potentially fatal foot disease commonly caused by these conditions, in which ''chats or body lice were the bane of all.

    Etymology 5


    (en noun)
  • Anagrams

    * (l), (l), (l), (l) ----