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1chime

noun \ˈchīm\

Definition of CHIME

:  the edge or rim of a cask or drum
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Origin of CHIME

Middle English chimbe, from Old English cimb-; akin to Middle Dutch kimme edge of a cask
First Known Use: 14th century

2chime

verb

: to make the sound of a ringing bell

of a clock : to make a ringing sound that indicates the time

: to agree : to be in harmony

chimedchim·ing

Full Definition of CHIME

intransitive verb
1
a :  to make a musical and especially a harmonious sound
b :  to make the sounds of a chime
2
:  to be or act in accord
transitive verb
1
:  to cause to sound musically by striking
2
:  to produce by chiming
3
:  to call or indicate by chiming <the clock chimed midnight>
4
:  to utter repetitively :  din 2
chim·er noun

Examples of CHIME

  1. The music and the mood chimed well together.
  2. <the restaurant's manor-house decor chimes perfectly with the chef's traditionalist take on haute cuisine>

First Known Use of CHIME

14th century

3chime

noun

Definition of CHIME

1
:  an apparatus for chiming a bell or set of bells
2
a :  a musically tuned set of bells
b :  one of a set of objects giving a bell-like sound when struck
3
a :  the sound of a set of bells —usually used in plural
b :  a musical sound suggesting that of bells
4
:  accord, harmony <such happy chime of fact and theory — Henry Maudsley>

Origin of CHIME

Middle English, cymbal, probably from Anglo-French *chimbe, cime, from Latin cymbalum cymbal
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Music Terms

cacophony, chorister, concerto, counterpoint, madrigal, obbligato, presto, presto, refrain, riff, segue
CHIME Defined for Kids

1chime

verb \ˈchīm\
chimedchim·ing

Definition of CHIME for Kids

1
:  to make sounds like a bell
2
:  to call or indicate by chiming <The clock chimed midnight.>
chime in
:  to interrupt or join in a conversation <“That's what I say,” chimed in Mr. Beaver. — C. S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe>

2chime

noun

Definition of CHIME for Kids

1
:  a set of bells tuned to play music <door chimes>
2
:  the sound from a set of bells —usually used in pl. <the chimes of a church bell>

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