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chime

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noun \ˈchīm\

Definition of chime

  1. :  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

Rhymes with chime


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chime

verb

Simple Definition of chime

  • : 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

Full Definition of chime

chimedchim·ing

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to make a musical and especially a harmonious sound b :  to make the sounds of a chime

  3. 2 :  to be or act in accord

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 :  to cause to sound musically by striking

  6. 2 :  to produce by chiming

  7. 3 :  to call or indicate by chiming <the clock chimed midnight>

  8. 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>



14th Century

First Known Use of chime

14th century


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chime

noun

Definition of chime

  1. 1 :  an apparatus for chiming a bell or set of bells

  2. 2 a :  a musically tuned set of bells b :  one of a set of objects giving a bell-like sound when struck

  3. 3 a :  the sound of a set of bells —usually used in plural b :  a musical sound suggesting that of bells

  4. 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




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