Definition of change-ringing in English:

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[mass noun]
The ringing of sets of church bells or handbells in a constantly varying order.
Example sentences
  • In English change-ringing the bell may be balanced upside down and swung through a full circle, the moment of its sounding being controlled by the ringer.
  • The captain of the bell ringers, Martin Davies, said: ‘A peal of 12 bells will enhance the cathedral's role as a centre of excellence for traditional change-ringing.’
  • For twelve bells, the largest number used for change-ringing, the total number of possible sequences is 479,001,600 and would take 37 years and 355 days to ring at a normal ringing rate.



Example sentences
  • Limerick's two full sets of bells, at St Mary's Cathedral and at the Redemptorists, are a treasure, and it is great to see that the city has never been short of volunteer change-ringers to play them.
  • At his side, bearing the aspergillum with its sprinkling of holy water, was change-ringer Doug Snoswell.
  • Bennett became so fascinated with bell ringing, he studied it as an art and has become an ‘occasional change-ringer.’

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