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rung

Nautical a spoke on a ship's wheel or a handle projecting from the periphery
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rung

A bar, usually round in cross section, forming the step of a ladder.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Architecture and Construction. Copyright © 2003 by McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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This very question came up, and the brutes themselves seemed so quick to see its possibilities that I thought best to take the bull by the horns and own that I had been rung up by somebody.