American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An apparatus for striking a bell or set of bells to produce a musical sound.
- n. Music A set of tuned bells used as an orchestral instrument. Often used in the plural.
- n. A single bell, as in the mechanism of a clock.
- n. The sound produced by or as if by a bell or bells.
- n. Agreement; accord: a flawless chime of romance and reality.
- v. To sound with a harmonious ring when struck.
- v. To make a musical sound by striking a bell or set of bells.
- v. To be in agreement or accord: harmonize: Their views chimed with ours. The seafood and wine chimed perfectly.
- v. To produce (music) by striking bells.
- v. To strike (a bell) to produce music.
- v. To signal or make known by chiming: The clock chimed noon.
- v. To call, send, or welcome by chiming.
- v. To repeat insistently.
- chime in To interrupt the speech of others, especially with an unwanted opinion.
- chime in To join in harmoniously.
- chime in To go together harmoniously; agree.
- n. The rim of a cask.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A cymbal; probably also a bell.
- n. A set of bells (regularly five to twelve) tuned to a musical scale: called chimes, or a chime of bells. When the bells are stationary, and are struck by hammers instead of tongues, the set is more properly called a carillon. Carillons sometimes consist of from 40 to 50 bells, the smaller bells rising in chromatic succession, while the larger are generally limited to such fundamental basses as the tonic, dominant, and subdominant. Wires or bars are occasionally used instead of bells.
- n. The harmonious sound of bells, or (rarely) of musical instruments.
- n. An arrangement of bells and strikers in an organ, musical box, clock, etc.
- n. Correspondence of sounds in general; rarely, proportion or harmonious relation: as, chimes of “verses,”
- To ring as a bell; jingle; jangle.
- To ring as bells in unison; sound in consonance, rhythm, or harmony; give out harmonious sounds; accord.
- To agree; suit; harmonize: absolutely or with with.
- To cause to sound harmoniously, as a set of bells; strike with or move to measure.
- To utter harmoniously; recite with rhythmical flow.
- n. The edge or brim of a cask or tub, formed by the ends of the staves projecting beyond the head or bottom.
- n. In ship-building, that part of the waterway or thick plank at the side left above the deck and hollowed out to form a watercourse.
- Nautical, to make a chime or chimb in.
- To announce, indicate, summon, or bring about by chiming or stroke of bell: as, to chime (or strike) some particular hour; to chime one to sleep, or to supper, etc.
- n. music A musical instrument producing a sound when struck, similar to a bell (e.g. a tubular metal bar) or actually a bell. Often used in the plural to refer to the set: the chimes.
- n. An individual ringing component of such a set.
- n. A small bell or other ringing or tone-making device as a component of some other device.
- n. The sound of such an instrument or device.
- n. A small hammer or other device used to strike a bell.
- v. intransitive To make the sound of a chime.
- v. transitive To cause to sound in harmony; to play a tune, as upon a set of bells; to move or strike in harmony.
- v. transitive To utter harmoniously; to recite rhythmically.
- v. intransitive To agree; to correspond.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. See chine, n., 3.
- n. The harmonious sound of bells, or of musical instruments.
- n. A set of bells musically tuned to each other; specif., in the pl., the music performed on such a set of bells by hand, or produced by mechanism to accompany the striking of the hours or their divisions.
- n. Pleasing correspondence of proportion, relation, or sound.
- v. To sound in harmonious accord, as bells.
- v. To be in harmony; to agree; to suit; to harmonize; to correspond; to fall in with.
- v. colloq. To join in a conversation; to express assent; -- followed by
inor in with.
- v. To make a rude correspondence of sounds; to jingle, as in rhyming.
- v. To cause to sound in harmony; to play a tune, as upon a set of bells; to move or strike in harmony.
- v. To utter harmoniously; to recite rhythmically.
- v. emit a sound
- n. a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned bells that are struck with a hammer; used as an orchestral instrument
- From Latin cymbalum (maybe via Old French chimbe). (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English chimbe (belle), from Old French, variant of cimble, cymbal, from Latin cymbalum; see cymbal.Middle English chimb, from Old English cim-, cimb- (in cimstānas, bases of a pillar, and cimbing, jointing). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I think "chime" is a series of repeated notes (as in "Westminster chime") so I think it would be quite apt in this case.”
“Without any doubt, this project is a truly process of selecting appealing objects and integrating them in chime with the surrounding environment.”
“I guess no matter what happens, your heart will always beat a certain chime when someone who knew the tune plays the right chords.”
“Another man, and then the imam, in Arabic, chime in.”
“Actors like Samuel L. Jackson, Nicholas Hoult and Ben Chaplin chime in as well.”
“Well, at least in this case, hearing the chime was a good sign.”
“In the days of early network radio, the chime was a signal from the network to the local stations that it was time for a station identification break, which was required by the FRC later the FCC to be given every half-hour.”
“(Soundbite of clearing voice) GROSS: Just a few bars, just, like, maybe you could kind of chime in one at a time just to hear where all three voices - how all three voices connect.”
“Unfortunately, like the Tories hard line on financial responsibility, standing up for maintaining standards in education will not "chime" with the public.”
“Not -- but I do love -- the thing I appreciate about Michael Bloomberg, Wilmer, I'd love to hear all of you guys kind of chime in on this.”
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