- 1A loud ringing of a bell or bells: the bell rang again, a long, loud pealMore example sentences
- I'll bet it was welcomed with peals of bells back in 1820.
- Several London churches are mentioned in the rhyme, and the original tune mimicked the peals of their bells.
- Late one Friday night a note was slipped through his door warning him there would be a non-stop peal of bells for three hours from 10 am the next morning and suggesting he went out.
- 1.1 Bell-ringing A series of changes (strictly, at least five thousand) rung on a set of bells.More example sentences
- As the organist plays the Prelude and Fugue in E Flat by Bach, the bells of the Abbey will be rung half-muffled to a peal of Stedman Caters, comprising 5101 changes.
- Maxwell Davies's Stedman Caters for chamber ensemble and Stedman Doubles for clarinet and percussion are based on bell peals.
- Yesterday, the celebrations continued with a Jubilee service at St Peter's Church, in Malton, which was followed by a peal of the bells in honour of the Queen's 50th year on the Throne.
- 1.2A set of bells.More example sentences
- 27m high and octagonal in plan, the tower contains a full peal of eight bells on its third floor.
- 25 years ago: A new peal of bells arrived at St Martin's Church, Coney Street, to replace bells damaged when the church was bombed in 1941.
- There are only 10 bells, whereas most English cathedrals have a full peal of 12.
- 2A loud repeated or reverberating sound of thunder or laughter: Ross burst into peals of laughterMore example sentences
- From the kitchen, she could hear peals of laughter sounding where Robert, the butler, was doubtless entertaining her younger siblings.
- These shows only lasted a few seconds but were always followed by thunderous peals of laughter, especially by the ‘artist’ himself.
- I was then seized by sudden peals of laughter which echoed and resounded through the rusting steel roof of the building.
verb[no object] Back to top
- 1(Of a bell or bells) ring loudly or in a peal: all the bells of the city began to pealMore example sentences
- What's more, the chord sequence, which gently reveals itself to be church bells pealing in the distance, is completely and devastatingly the emotional heart of the thing.
- Bells pealed across Monaco yesterday as the principality praised Prince Albert II's rise to the throne and bid a final symbolic farewell to his late father Rainier III.
- Just a day after the enclave gathered to choose the successor to John Paul II, white smoke plumed from the Vatican's Sistine Chapel and the bells pealed across Rome.
- 1.1(Of laughter or thunder) sound in a peal: Aunt Edie’s laughter pealed around the parlourMore example sentences
- By now, the thunderstorm was fully upon them, with thunder pealing across the sky and lightening streaking all around them as a punishing rain fell.
- Shasa's face didn't change, but her laughter pealed in their mind's ears.
- A short silence reigned for a few seconds before amused female laughter pealed out.
late Middle English: shortening of appeal.