- 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.
Chimes on top of an old fashioned alarm clock.
chime definition by Webster's New World
- a contrivance for striking a bell or set of bells
- 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
- the musical sounds or harmony produced by or as by chimes
- harmony; agreement
Origin: Middle English chimbe, cimble ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin cymbalum, cymbal
- 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
- chimer noun
Origin: Middle English chimb ; from Old English cimb- (only in compounds); akin to Dutch kim, German kimme, an edge and amp; uncertain or unknown; perhaps comb
chime definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An apparatus for striking a bell or set of bells to produce a musical sound.
- Music A set of tuned bells used as an orchestral instrument. Often used in the plural.
- 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.
- 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: From Middle English chimbe (belle), from Old French, variant of cimble, cymbal, from Latin cymbalum; see cymbal.
- chimˈer noun
Origin: Middle English chimb, from Old English cim-, cimb- (in cimstānas, bases of a pillar, and cimbing, jointing); see gembh- in Indo-European roots.
chime - Computer Definition
(College of Healthcare Information Management Executives) For more information, visit www.cio-chime.org. See healthcare IT.
chime - Phrases/Idioms
- to join in or interrupt a conversation
- to agree