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From the pinyin romanization of the Mandarin pronunciation of Chinese ("Orderly Prefecture")
- (historical Chinese geography) A prefecture of imperial China within present-day Hebei under the Northern Wei, Sui, and Tang dynasties, with its seat at Dingzhou.
- (historical Chinese geography) A county of Republican China in Hebei Province.
From Old High German ding, from Proto-Germanic *þing?. Compare Low German ding, Dutch ding, English thing, Danish ting.
- (key): /d/ (most areas)
- (key): /dk/ (chiefly northern Germany)
Ding n (genitive Dinges or Dings, plural Dinge or Dinger, diminutive Dinglein n)
- (mildly disrespectful) thing; girl; boy (young person)
- (dated) Thing (historic Germanic council)
- The plural Dinge means things in general: Werte sind wichtiger als Dinge. - "Values are more important than things." It also means different kinds of things: Nahrung, Kleidung und Wohnung sind Dinge, die jeder braucht. - "Food, clothes and a home are things that everyone needs."
- The plural Dinger means several items of one sort of thing: Was sind das hier für kleine rote Dinger? - "What are these little red things?" In formal style, this sense is preferably covered by Gegenstände rather than Dinger. The plural Dinger is also used for the sense "young person".
Declension of Ding
- (historic council): Thing
Compare German Ding, Dutch ding, English thing, Swedish ting,
Ding n (plural Dinge)