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peal

play
noun \ ˈpēl \

Definition of peal

1 a :the loud ringing of bells
  • the peal of wedding bells
b :a complete set of changes (see 2change 5) on a given number of bells
c :a set of bells tuned to the tones of the major (see 1major 7a) scale for change ringing
2 :a loud sound or succession of sounds
  • peals of laughter
  • peals of thunder

Examples of peal in a Sentence

  1. the peal of wedding bells

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Origin and Etymology of peal

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


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peal

verb

Definition of peal

intransitive verb
:to give out peals
transitive verb
:to utter or give forth loudly

Examples of peal in a Sentence

  1. the village bells pealed every hour in commemoration

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Origin and Etymology of peal

see 1peal


PEAL Defined for English Language Learners

peal

play
noun

Definition of peal for English Language Learners

  • : the loud ringing of bells

  • : a loud sound or series of sounds


PEAL Defined for Kids

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peal

play
noun \ ˈpēl \

Definition of peal for Students

1 :the sound of bells
2 :a loud sound :a series of loud sounds
  • a peal of thunder

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peal

verb

Definition of peal for Students

pealed; pealing
:to make a loud sound and especially the sound of bells.


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