There are 2 definitions of chime in English:

chime1

Syllabification: chime
Pronunciation: /CHīm
 
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noun

(often chimes)
  • 1A bell or a metal bar or tube, typically one of a set tuned to produce a melodious series of ringing sounds when struck.
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    • Take off the cover to the chimes or bells and inspect the points that strike the chime or bell for dirt.
    • Some looked like variants of things I recognized; there were string instruments like lutes or small guitars, there were drums, chimes, tambourines.
    • Here, Stewart's vocals hang in hazy suspensions of wafting guitars, piercing chimes, subliminal drones, and ornately wrought percussion.
  • 1.1A melodious ringing sound produced by striking a set of chimes: I hear the chimes of the hour from the courthouse
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    • Even out here, he had heard the chimes and was transported.
    • A few seconds after she spoke, the crew of the Varian could hear the same mysterious chimes floating through the air, but this time, they did have a melody.
    • Reality of the situation came back down when I heard the chimes go through the house and I froze, horrified.
    Synonyms
    peal, pealing, ringing, carillon, toll, tolling; ding-dong, clanging, tintinnabulation
    literary knell
  • 1.2 (chimes) A set of tuned metal rods used as an orchestral instrument.
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    • Serean continued to curse and yell at the fish in her underground water garden when she heard a loud set of chimes chime and bells in the high tower ring to an old eerie tune.
    • And, of course, the only bells that ring there are not the clanging chimes of doom.
    • The students who crafted the chimes and other metal elements had to learn welding as a part of their ten-week experience.
  • 1.3 (chimes) A set of tuned bells used as a doorbell.
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    • It wasn't until we had reached the top platform in front of the door that we heard the bells and chimes tune telling everyone we had arrived.
    • Much like musical doorbell chimes: you can only listen to a badly midi-ized version of the William Tell overture once before you rip out the batteries and revert to knocking.
    • People choose chimes for two button doorbell circuits because they want different sounds for the front and back doors.
  • 1.4 Bell-ringing A stroke of the clapper against one or both sides of a scarcely moving bell.
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    • Doomsday was not on the agenda when the chimes struck midnight and 2000 was born.
    • The chime struck twice, to ring in the second millennium.
    • Time passes again, the same clock hands spin madly, the same bells ring and the same chimes chime.

verb

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  • 1(Of a bell or clock) make melodious ringing sounds, typically to indicate the time: [with complement]: the clock chimed eight
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    • A bell chimed from a grandfather clock in the corner of the room.
    • Elsewhere, other fireworks lit the night sky, as the St Magnus Cathedral bells chimed over Broad Street revellers and Stromness echoed to the sound of ships' horns.
    • At 10.29 am, when the second tower collapsed, bells chimed and fog-horns of boats on the nearby Hudson River sounded.
    Synonyms
    ring, peal, toll, sound; ding, dong, clang, boom, bong
    literary knell
    strike, sound
  • 2Be in agreement; harmonize: his poem chimes with our modern experience of loss
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    • Moreover, the apparently abstract nature of many of the paintings - particularly those with a limited range of colours and a simple geometric composition - chimes with the modern design aesthetic.
    • Housing experts believe that the market in Scotland will continue to slow this year with rises pegged at around an average of 5% at the most, chiming with the results of the YouGov survey.
    • But now the same complaint is chiming with adults, angered by a decision to go to war that flies in the face of public opinion.

Phrasal verbs

chime in

  • 1Interject a remark: “Yes, you do that,” Doreen chimed in eagerly
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    • Just thought I'd chime in during the commercial break.
    • The young woman's male counterpart quickly chimed in, interrupting her.
    • My dad takes a break from the tan lady to chime in.
  • 2Join in harmoniously.
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    • Thank you very much for joining us and chiming in.
    • Soon, all the fairies were chiming in that they would join Lucen in an attempt to escape.
    • All right, Rick, Jeff, we appreciate you chiming in on it tonight and joining us.

Derivatives

chimer

noun
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  • The most surreal presence was a black-and-white monitor of the conductor, there for the benefit of the backstage conductress to direct a chimer who had to ape the sounds of church bells.
  • Luckily, it's one of those funky wireless contraptions, so we can put the chimer anywhere in the apartment.
  • Third, as shown in the following billboards, some chimers may be tinkling the bells of inappropriate servers.

Origin

Middle English (in the senses 'cymbal' and 'ring out'): probably from Old English cimbal (see cymbal), later interpreted as chime bell.

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There are 2 definitions of chime in English:

chime2

Syllabification: chime
Pronunciation: /
 
CHīm/
(also chimb)

noun

  • The projecting rim at the end of a cask.
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    • There is disclosed a cask and chime assembly wherein the cask has end surface side wall portions of reduced diameter relative to the central wall surface portion of the cask.
    • These chimes have a rim portion with an in-turned flange that fits into a groove located in the cask.
    • First, the rim or 'chime' of a cask was bevelled to slope inwards, and then finished off with a smaller sharp adze.

Origin

late Middle English: probably from an Old English word related to Dutch kim and German Kimme. Compare with chine3.

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