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peal

play
noun \ˈpēl\

Simple Definition of peal

  • : the loud ringing of bells

  • : a loud sound or series of sounds

Full Definition of peal

  1. 1 a :  the loud ringing of bells b :  a complete set of changes on a given number of bells c :  a set of bells tuned to the tones of the major scale for change ringing

  2. 2 :  a loud sound or succession of sounds <peals of laughter>

Examples of peal

  1. the peal of wedding bells



Origin of peal

Middle English, appeal, summons to church, short for appel appeal, from appelen to appeal


First Known Use: 14th century


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peal

verb

Definition of peal

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to give out peals

  3. transitive verb
  4. :  to utter or give forth loudly



Examples of peal

  1. <the village bells pealed every hour in commemoration>



1631

First Known Use of peal

1631


PEAL Defined for Kids

1

peal

play
noun \ˈpēl\

Definition of peal

  1. 1 :  the sound of bells

  2. 2 :  a loud sound :  a series of loud sounds <a peal of thunder>




2

peal

play
verb

Definition of peal

pealedpeal·ing

  1. :  to make a loud sound and especially the sound of bells.





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