n. (often chimes)
a bell or a metal bar or tube, typically one of a set tuned to produce a melodious series of ringing sounds when struck.
a sound made by such an instrument:
I hear the chimes of the hour from the courthouse.
a set of tuned metal rods used as an orchestral instrument.
a set of tuned bells used as a doorbell.
a stroke of the clapper against one or both sides of a scarcely moving bell.
(of a bell or clock) make melodious ringing sounds, typically to indicate the time.
(of a clock) make such sounds in order to indicate (the time):
the clock chimed eight.
be in agreement; harmonize:
his poem chimes with our modern experience of loss.
interject a remark.
2. join in harmoniously.
the projecting rim at the end of a cask.
, Chaim, chime, climb, clime, crime, dime, grime, half-time, I'm, lime, mime, mistime, part-time, prime, rhyme, rime, slime, sublime, thyme, time
•paradigm • Mannheim • Waldheim
•Sondheim • Trondheim
•Guggenheim • Anaheim • Durkheim
•quicklime • brooklime • birdlime
•pantomime • ragtime • pastime
•bedtime • airtime
•teatime • mealtime • dreamtime
•meantime • peacetime • springtime
•anytime • maritime • flexitime
•lifetime • nighttime • wartime
•downtime • noontime • sometime
•one-time • lunchtime • summertime
•wintertime • enzyme
†cymbal XIII; †apparatus for striking bells XV; set of bells or of sounds produced by them XVI; (musical) concord, harmony XVII. ME. chim(b)e
prob. arose from chym(b)e bell
(XIII–XV), which may have been an analysis of a ME. *chimbel
:- OE. ċimbal
— L. cymbalum
vb. †make a musical sound XIV; accord or join in harmoniously XVII.
chime 2, chimb
projecting rim of a cask. XIV. prob. identical with the sb. occurring in OE. ċimstān
base, pedestal, ċimīren
joint, corr. to MDu, kimme
) edge of a cask, MLG. kimme
(whence G. kimme
a peal of bells; a set of bells in a church tower.