ping
  • A sonic or ultrasonic pulse, such as that utilized in sonar.
  • A utility used to determine whether a given IP address is connected to the Internet at a given moment. A packet is sent to the desired address, and a response is awaited. Used, for instance, for troubleshooting. Also, to employ such a utility. Although ping is often considered to be an acronym for Packet Internet Groper, its origin is based on the sending of a signal in expectation of a response, as is the case with a ping (1).
  • synonym Packet Internet Groper

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