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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
  • intransitive v. To sound with a harmonious ring when struck.
  • intransitive v. To make a musical sound by striking a bell or set of bells.
  • intransitive v. To be in agreement or accord: harmonize: Their views chimed with ours. The seafood and wine chimed perfectly.
  • transitive v. To produce (music) by striking bells.
  • transitive v. To strike (a bell) to produce music.
  • transitive v. To signal or make known by chiming: The clock chimed noon.
  • transitive v. To call, send, or welcome by chiming.
  • transitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. 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. To make the sound of a chime.
  • 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. To agree; to correspond.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 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.
  • intransitive v. To sound in harmonious accord, as bells.
  • intransitive v. To be in harmony; to agree; to suit; to harmonize; to correspond; to fall in with.
  • intransitive v. To join in a conversation; to express assent; -- followed by in or in with.
  • intransitive v. To make a rude correspondence of sounds; to jingle, as in rhyming.
  • intransitive v. To cause to sound in harmony; to play a tune, as upon a set of bells; to move or strike in harmony.
  • intransitive v. To utter harmoniously; to recite rhythmically.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 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.
  • 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. 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.
  • 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,”
  • 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

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)
From Latin cymbalum (maybe via Old French chimbe). (Wiktionary)

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  • How could you run from me now?
    The loneliest chime in the house
    The loneliest chime in the house
    You let it out you let it out
    Come to me Calvary still
    I’m weeding and raking until
    I’m bleeding in spite of my love for you
    It bruised and bruised my will

    ("The Owl And The Tanager", by Sufjan Stevens)

    March 8, 2011