What Does PING Mean?

PING means "Network Connection Speed."

PING is a term used in computing and gaming to refer to a protocol for testing "Network Connection Speed." PING measures the round-trip time for a message between two devices, thereby indicating the speed of the connection. The result is an indication of how fast a user can send a command to a game or online programme and expect to see a response.

In gaming, fast PING speeds are very important for player enjoyment. In particular, they are crucial in MMO (Massively Multiplayer Online) games, where players have to keep up with other live participants.

The term PING is based on the sound made by SONAR (Sound Navigation and Ranging) devices.

Summary of Key Points

"Network Connection Speed" is the most common definition for PING on online gaming forums and in other computer-related chat.
Definition:Network Connection Speed
Type:Slang Word (Jargon)
3: Guessable
Typical Users:
Adults and Teenagers


Examples of PING in Sentences

Here are examples of PING being used in conversations:
  • Jack: My PING is high today. I'm expecting some LAG.
  • Carl: Nightmare. Is your sister on Netflix again?
  • Ian: Can I join in with you guys?
  • Jill: What's your PING? We can't be hanging around.

Example of PING Used in a Text

Using PING on a Cell Phone (SMS Texts, Whatsapp, or Snapchat)


See Also

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