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  • chime — c.1300, from L. cymbalum (see CYMBAL (Cf. cymbal), which is what this word originally meant), perhaps through O.Fr. chimbe or directly from L. as O.E. cimbal, either one likely misinterpreted as chymbe bellen chime bells, a sense attested from… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Chime (bell instrument) — A carillon like instrument with fewer than 23 bells is called a chime. American chimes usually have one to one and a half diatonic octaves. Many chimes play an automated piece of music. Prior to 1900, chime bells typically lacked dynamic… …   Wikipedia

  • chime — chime1 [chīm] n. [ME chimbe, cimble < OFr < L cymbalum, CYMBAL] 1. a contrivance for striking a bell or set of bells 2. [usually pl.] a) a set of bells tuned to a musical scale b) a similar set of metal tubes, hung vertically and struck… …   English World dictionary

  • Chime — (ch[imac]m), n. [OE. chimbe, prop., cymbal, OF. cymbe, cymble, in a dialectic form, chymble, F. cymbale, L. cymbalum, fr. Gr. ky mbalon. See {Cymbal}.] 1. The harmonious sound of bells, or of musical instruments. [1913 Webster] Instruments that… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chime — Chime, v. i. 1. To cause to sound in harmony; to play a tune, as upon a set of bells; to move or strike in harmony. [1913 Webster] And chime their sounding hammers. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. To utter harmoniously; to recite rhythmically. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Chime — Chime, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Chimed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Chiming}.] [See {Chime}, n.] 1. To sound in harmonious accord, as bells. [1913 Webster] 2. To be in harmony; to agree; to suit; to harmonize; to correspond; to fall in with. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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… …   Universalium

  • Chime — Contents 1 Musical instrument or tone 2 Popular culture 3 Other 4 …   Wikipedia

  • chime — I [[t]tʃaɪm[/t]] n. v. chimed, chim•ing 1) an apparatus for striking one or more bells, as a doorbell at the front door of a house 2) mad Often, chimes a) a set of bells or of slabs of metal, stone, wood, etc., producing musical tones when struck …   From formal English to slang

  • chime — I. /tʃaɪm / (say chuym) noun 1. a device for striking a bell or bells so as to produce a musical sound: a door chime; the chimes of Big Ben. 2. a set of vertical metal tubes struck with a hammer, as used in the modern orchestra. 3. the sound… …   Australian-English dictionary

  • chime — chime1 [ tʃaım ] verb intransitive or transitive to make a high ringing sound like a bell or set of bells: the clock chimes one/three/six etc. (=makes a series of sounds to show what the time is): Somewhere a clock chimed midnight. ,chime in… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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