from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A ringing of a set of bells, especially a change or set of changes rung on bells.
- n. A set of bells tuned to each other; a chime.
- n. A loud burst of noise: peals of laughter.
- intransitive v. To sound in a peal; ring.
- transitive v. To sound loudly and sonorously.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A loud sound, or a succession of loud sounds, as of bells, thunder, cannon, shouts, laughter, of a multitude, etc.
- v. To sound with a peal or peals.
- v. To utter or sound loudly.
- v. To assail with noise.
- v. To pour out.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small salmon; a grilse; a sewin.
- n. A loud sound, or a succession of loud sounds, as of bells, thunder, cannon, shouts, of a multitude, etc.
- n. A set of bells tuned to each other according to the diatonic scale; also, the changes rung on a set of bells.
- intransitive v. To appeal.
- intransitive v. To utter or give out loud sounds.
- intransitive v. To resound; to echo.
- transitive v. To utter or give forth loudly; to cause to give out loud sounds; to noise abroad.
- transitive v. To assail with noise or loud sounds.
- transitive v. To pour out.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To sound loudly; resound: as, the pealing organ.
- To assail with noise.
- To utter loudly and sonorously; cause to ring or sound; celebrate.
- To stir or agitate.
- To appeal.
- An obsolete variant of pile.
- n. A loud sound, or a succession of loud sounds, as of bells, thunder, cannon, shouts of a multitude, etc.
- n. A set of bells tuned to one another; a chime or carillon; a ring.
- n. A musical phrase or figure played on a set of bells, properly a scale or part of a scale played up or down, but also applied to any melodic figure; a change.
- n. Appeal; plaint; accusation.
- n. See peel.
- n. A name used in England for different species of the genus Salmo, as S. salar, the salmon, or S. cambricus, a trout found in England, Ireland, and Norway. The latter is also called sewin.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a deep prolonged sound (as of thunder or large bells)
- v. ring recurrently
- v. sound loudly and sonorously
The church bells will once again peal, now with especially joyous fervor.
A few seconds afterwards, a deafening watery sound came up with awful peal from the spot where they had disappeared.
If we boldly lift up our voices in the ancient war-cry, and let that word peal forth from us, and flash the light of holy lives on
Come, there goes another peal, that is to order the porter to go and inform the municipality that the dead-doctor is to come here and view a corpse.
Together, the entire collection of cathedral bells, known as a peal, weighs 36,806 pounds, according to church records.
To the firmnefs of the lords in fupport of their own judicature, we owe the prcfervation of that right of ap - peal, which is fo main a prop to the fecurity and independence of all private property.
From CNNWedding bells toll for first daughterWedding bells usually "peal" or "chime."
And, while he wept, the wonderful sound had pealed forth — if by "peal," he had often thought since, and adequate description could be given of the enunciation of so vast a sound so smelting sweet.
The 'peal' of horns referred to in _Titus_ II, ii, 10 is a technical term in forestry for a particular set of notes on the horn.
The only instance of the use of the word 'peal' in the text is in the same passage, _Titus_ II, ii, 5, where Titus tells his hunters to
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