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chime

noun \ ˈchīm \

Definition of chime

: the edge or rim of a cask or drum

Origin and Etymology of chime

Middle English chimbe, from Old English cimb-; akin to Middle Dutch kimme edge of a cask


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chime

verb

Definition of chime

chimed; chiming
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

chimer

noun

Examples of chime in a Sentence

  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


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chime

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 and Etymology of chime

Middle English, cymbal, probably from Anglo-French *chimbe, cime, from Latin cymbalum cymbal



CHIME Defined for English Language Learners

chime

verb

Definition of chime for English Language Learners

  • : 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


CHIME Defined for Kids

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chime

verb \ ˈchīm \

Definition of chime for Students

chimed; chiming
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

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chime

noun

Definition of chime for Students

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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