Definitions for: Chime


[n] a percussion instrument consisting of vertical metal tubes of different lengths that are struck with a hammer
[v] of bells, chimes, and gongs



Webster (1913) Definition: Chime, n. [See Chimb.]
See Chine, n., 3.


Chime, n. [OE. chimbe, prop., cymbal, OF. cymbe, cymble,
in a dialectic form, chymble, F. cymbale, L. cymbalum, fr.
Gr. ?. See Cymbal.]
1. The harmonious sound of bells, or of musical instruments.

Instruments that made melodius chime. --Milton.

2. A set of bells musically tuned to each other; specif., in
the pl., the music performed on such a set of bells by
hand, or produced by mechanism to accompany the striking
of the hours or their divisions.

We have heard the chimes at midnight. --Shak.

3. Pleasing correspondence of proportion, relation, or sound.
``Chimes of verse.'' --Cowley.


Chime, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Chimed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Chiming.] [See Chime, n.]
1. To sound in harmonious accord, as bells.

2. To be in harmony; to agree; to suit; to harmonize; to
correspond; to fall in with.

Everything chimed in with such a humor. --W. irving.

3. To join in a conversation; to express assent; -- followed
by in or in with. [Colloq.]

4. To make a rude correspondence of sounds; to jingle, as in
rhyming. --Cowley


Chime, v. i.
1. To cause to sound in harmony; to play a tune, as upon a
set of bells; to move or strike in harmony.

And chime their sounding hammers. --Dryden.

2. To utter harmoniously; to recite rhythmically.

Chime his childish verse. --Byron.

Synonyms: bell, gong

See Also: barge in, break in, butt in, carillon, chime in, chisel in, cut in, go, handbell, percussion instrument, percussive instrument, put in, sound

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