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
- 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,”
- 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.
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
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)