chime


chime
chime1
chimer, n.
/chuym/, n., v., chimed, chiming.
n.
1. an apparatus for striking a bell so as to produce a musical sound, as one at the front door of a house by which visitors announce their presence.
2. Often, chimes.
a. a set of bells or of slabs of metal, stone, wood, etc., producing musical tones when struck.
b. a musical instrument consisting of such a set, esp. a glockenspiel.
c. the musical tones thus produced.
d. carillon.
3. harmonious sound in general; music; melody.
4. harmonious relation; accord: the battling duo, in chime at last.
v.i.
5. to sound harmoniously or in chimes, as a set of bells: The church bells chimed at noon.
6. to produce a musical sound by striking a bell, gong, etc.; ring chimes: The doorbell chimed.
7. to speak in cadence or singsong.
8. to harmonize; agree: The scenery chimed perfectly with the play's eerie mood.
v.t.
9. to give forth (music, sound, etc.), as a bell or bells.
10. to strike (a bell, set of bells, etc.) so as to produce musical sound.
11. to put, bring, indicate, announce, etc., by chiming: Bells chimed the hour.
12. to utter or repeat in cadence or singsong: The class chimed a greeting to the new teacher.
13. chime in,
a. to break suddenly and unwelcomely into a conversation, as to express agreement or voice an opinion.
b. to harmonize with, as in singing.
c. to be consistent or compatible; agree: The new building will not chime in with the surrounding architecture.
[1250-1300; ME chymbe belle, by false analysis of *chimbel, OE cimbal CYMBAL]
chime2
/chuym/, n.
the edge or brim of a cask, barrel, or the like, formed by the ends of the staves projecting beyond the head or bottom.
Also, chimb, chine.
[1350-1400; ME chimb(e); cf. OE cimbing chime; c. MLG, MD kimme edge]

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      any of several sets of tuned percussion instruments. Most frequently “chime” refers to the bell chime (q.v.), but it also denotes tubular bells (q.v.), or orchestral bells; the stone chimes (q.v.), or lithophone; drum chimes, sets of tuned drums found in Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand; and gong (q.v.) chimes, the sets of tuned gongs used in the gamelan orchestras of Southeast Asia.

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