/ding"dawng', -dong'/, n.
1. the sound of a bell.
2. any similar sound of repeated strokes.
3. Slang. ding-a-ling.
4. characterized by or resembling the sound of a bell.
5. marked by rapid alternation of retaliatory action: a ding-dong struggle.
[1550-60; gradational compound based on ding, appar. b. DIN1 and RING2]

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