When the port of Boston was closed by Great Britain in 1774 the bell of the old First Parish Church (Unitarian) of Portland (built 1740; the present building dates from 1825) was muffled and rung from morning till night, and in other ways the town showed its sympathy for the patriot cause.
You cannot marry into a higher rung on the ladder.
Her ears still rung from the explosions lighting up the sky.
They danced silently for two songs before the doorbell was rung by the first guests.
We surprised our dear friends, however, for they did not expect us Saturday; but when the bell rung Miss Marrett guessed who was at the door, and Mrs. Hopkins jumped up from the breakfast table and ran to the door to meet us; she was indeed much astonished to see us.
I had just sunk my head on this when the bells rung fire, and in hot haste the engines rolled that way, led by a straggling troop of men and boys, and I among the foremost, for I had leaped the brook.
I'll agree, if I won't be second rung to your duty or other women.
This is still rung in some English country churches, and has often been mistaken for and alleged to be a survival of the curfew-bell.
It is said that when he preached in the Dominican church of Metz, the bells were rung to drown his voice, but his voice outdid the bells, and on the next occasion he had three thousand hearers.
The contrivance most generally adopted for calling attention was a call-bell rung either by a small generator or by a battery.