Chimes on top of an old fashioned alarm clock.
- The definition of a chime is a set of bells, or a tool for striking bells.
An example of a chime is a hand of a clock that makes a bell ring.
- Chime is defined as ring or to cause to ring.
An example of chime is to strike a bell.
- a contrivance for striking a bell or set of bells
- [usually pl.]
- a set of bells tuned to a musical scale
- a similar set of metal tubes, hung vertically and struck with a hammer
- a single bell rung by a hammer, as in a clock
- [usually pl.] the musical sounds or harmony produced by or as by chimes
- harmony; agreement
Origin of chimeMiddle English chimbe, cimble from Old French from Classical Latin cymbalum, cymbal
intransitive verbchimed, chim′ing
- to ring out when struck; sound as a chime
- to sound in harmony, as bells
- to harmonize; agree
- to ring, play, or strike (a bell, set of bells, etc.)
- to make (music or sound) on chimes
- to give (the time) by striking bells
- to call, summon, etc. by sounding a chime
- to join in or interrupt a conversation
- to agree
Origin of chimeMiddle English chimb from Old English cimb- (only in compounds); akin to Dutch kim, German kimme, an edge and uncertain or unknown; perhaps comb
- An apparatus for striking a bell or set of bells to produce a musical sound.
- often chimes Music A set of tuned bells used as an orchestral instrument.
- A single bell, as in the mechanism of a clock.
- The sound produced by or as if by a bell or bells.
- Agreement; accord: a flawless chime of romance and reality.
verbchimed, chim·ing, chimes
- a. To sound with a harmonious ring when struck.b. To make a musical sound by striking a bell or set of bells.
- To be in agreement or accord: harmonize: Their views chimed with ours. The seafood and wine chimed perfectly.
- To produce (music) by striking bells.
- To strike (a bell) to produce music.
- a. To signal or make known by chiming: The clock chimed noon.b. To call, send, or welcome by chiming.
- To repeat insistently.
Origin of chimeFrom Middle English chimbe (belle) from Old French variant of cimble cymbal from Latin cymbalum ; see cymbal .
Origin of chimeMiddle English chimb from Old English cim-, cimb- ( in cimstānas bases of a pillar ) ( and cimbing jointing ); see gembh- in Indo-European roots.
- (music) A musical instrument producing a sound when struck, similar to a bell (e.g. a tubular metal bar) or actually a bell. Often used in the plural to refer to the set: the chimes.
- Sylvia had a recording of someone playing the chimes against a background of surf noise that she found calming.
- Hugo was a chime player in the school orchestra.
- An individual ringing component of such a set.
- Peter removed the C# chime from its mounting so that he could get at the dust that had accumulated underneath.
- A small bell or other ringing or tone-making device as a component of some other device.
- The professor had stuffed a wad of gum into the chime of his doorbell so that he wouldn't be bothered.
- The sound of such an instrument or device.
- The copier gave a chime to indicate that it had finished printing.
- A small hammer or other device used to strike a bell.
- Strike the bell with the brass chime hanging on the chain next to it.
(third-person singular simple present chimes, present participle chiming, simple past and past participle chimed)
- (intransitive) To make the sound of a chime.
- The microwave chimed to indicate that it was done cooking.
- I got up for lunch as soon as the wall clock began chiming noon.
- To cause to sound in harmony; to play a tune, as upon a set of bells; to move or strike in harmony.
- To utter harmoniously; to recite rhythmically.
- (intransitive) To agree; to correspond.
- The other lab's results chimed with mine, so I knew we were on the right track with the research.
- To make a rude correspondence of sounds; to jingle, as in rhyming.
From Latin cymbalum (perhaps via Old French chimbe).