Ping vs. Pinger

Ping vs. Pinger — Is There a Difference?
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Difference Between Ping and Pinger

Pingnoun

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.

Pingernoun

A device that emits a short, high-pitched sound burst, such as in sonar or other echo location systems.

We couldn't take the boat into the shallows near the reef because our sonar pinger was broken.

Pingnoun

(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.

Pingernoun

A device that periodically emits a signal that can be monitored to permit movement tracking.

The scientist attached a pinger to the carapace of the sea turtle to track its migration.

Pingnoun

(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.

Pingernoun

A computer program that sends a ping message over a network.

Some people like fancy pingers with extra features, but I always use the default ping application.
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Pingnoun

An email or other message sent requesting acknowledgement.

I sent a ping to the insurance company to see if they received our claim.

Pingernoun

A user of a ping program; one who pings.

Every time we replace the main page, we get flooded with pingers making sure our web site is still there.

Pingnoun

(networking) Latency.

Pingernoun

(slang) An illicit drug, especially ecstasy, taken for recreational purposes.

That was a great party. Everyone took a pinger or two.

Pingnoun

(WMF jargon) A notification.

Pingernoun

a pulse generator used for echo sounding in sonar

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Pingverb

To make a high-pitched, short and somewhat sharp sound.

My car was pinging until my last oil change.

Pingverb

(submarine navigation) To emit a signal and then listen for its echo in order to detect objects.

Pingverb

(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.

Pingverb

(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.

Pingverb

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.

Pingverb

(colloquial) To flick.

I pinged the crumb off the table with my finger.

Pingverb

To bounce.

The ball pinged off the wall and came hurtling back.

Pingverb

To cause something to bounce.

Pingverb

To call out audibly.

Pingverb

(WMF jargon) To send a notification to (another user) when commenting on a public page.

Pingnoun

a river in western Thailand; a major tributary of the Chao Phraya

Pingnoun

a sharp high-pitched resonant sound (as of a sonar echo or a bullet striking metal)

Pingverb

hit with a pinging noise;

The bugs pinged the lamp shade

Pingverb

sound like a car engine that is firing too early;

the car pinged when I put in low-octane gasolineThe car pinked when the ignition was too far retarded

Pingverb

make a short high-pitched sound;

the bullet pinged when they struck the car

Pingverb

contact, usually in order to remind of something;

I'll ping my accountant--April 15 is nearing

Pingverb

send a message from one computer to another to check whether it is reachable and active;

ping your machine in the office