chime


1chime

noun \ˈchīm\

Definition of CHIME

:  the edge or rim of a cask or drum

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

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