Definitions for CHIMEtʃaɪm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

chimetʃaɪm(n.; v.)chimed, chim•ing.

  1. (n.)an apparatus for striking one or more bells, as a doorbell at the front door of a house.

  2. Often, chimes. a set of bells or of slabs of metal, stone, wood, etc., producing musical tones when struck. a musical instrument consisting of such a set, esp. a glockenspiel. the musical tone thus produced.

    Category: Music and Dance

    Ref: carillon .

  3. harmonious sound in general; music; melody.

    Category: Music and Dance

  4. harmonious relation; accord.

  5. (v.i.)to sound harmoniously or in chimes, as a set of bells:

    The church bells chimed at noon.

    Category: Music and Dance

  6. to produce a musical sound by striking a bell, gong, etc.; ring chimes:

    The doorbell chimed.

    Category: Music and Dance

  7. to harmonize; agree.

  8. (v.t.)to give forth (music, sound, etc.), as a bell or bells.

    Category: Music and Dance

  9. to strike (a bell, etc.) to produce musical sound.

    Category: Music and Dance

  10. to call, indicate, announce, etc., by chiming:

    Bells chimed the hour.

    Category: Music and Dance

  11. to speak in cadence or singsong.

  12. chime in, to enter a conversation, esp. to interrupt. to be compatible; agree (often fol. by with). to say or speak by chiming in (often fol. by with):

    to chime in with a warning.

    Category: Verb Phrase

Origin of chime:

1250–1300; ME chymbe belle, by false analysis of *chimbel, OE cimbalcymbal



  1. the brim of a cask or barrel.

Origin of chime:

1350–1400; ME chimb(e); cf. OE cimbing chime; akin to MLG, MD kimme edge

Princeton's WordNet

  1. chime, bell, gong(verb)

    a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned bells that are struck with a hammer; used as an orchestral instrument

  2. chime(verb)

    emit a sound

    "bells and gongs chimed"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. chime(verb)ʃaɪm

    to make a bell sound

    the sound of bells chiming in the distance


  1. chime(Noun)

    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.

  2. chime(Noun)

    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.

  3. chime(Noun)

    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.

  4. chime(Noun)

    The sound of such an instrument or device.

    The copier gave a chime to indicate that it had finished printing.

  5. chime(Noun)

    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.

  6. chime(Verb)

    To make the sound of a chime.

  7. chime(Verb)

    To agree; to correspond.

    The other lab's results chimed with mine, so I knew we were on the right track with the research.

  8. Origin: From cymbalum (maybe via chimbe).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chime(noun)

    see Chine, n., 3

  2. Chime(noun)

    the harmonious sound of bells, or of musical instruments

  3. Chime(noun)

    a set of bells musically tuned to each other; specif., in the pl., the music performed on such a set of bells by hand, or produced by mechanism to accompany the striking of the hours or their divisions

  4. Chime(noun)

    pleasing correspondence of proportion, relation, or sound

  5. Chime(noun)

    to sound in harmonious accord, as bells

  6. Chime(noun)

    to be in harmony; to agree; to suit; to harmonize; to correspond; to fall in with

  7. Chime(noun)

    to join in a conversation; to express assent; -- followed by in or in with

  8. Chime(noun)

    to make a rude correspondence of sounds; to jingle, as in rhyming

  9. Chime(verb)

    to cause to sound in harmony; to play a tune, as upon a set of bells; to move or strike in harmony

  10. Chime(verb)

    to utter harmoniously; to recite rhythmically


  1. Chime

    Chime is the third studio album from Yuki Saito, released on October 21, 1986 by Canyon Records. It reached #2 on the Oricon charts. The original LP release contained ten songs, though the CD released at the same time had two additional songs: "Aozora no Kakera" and "Yubiwa Monogatari", both from the "Aozora no Kakera" single release earlier that year.

Anagrams of CHIME

  1. hemic

Translations for CHIME

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to (cause to) ring

The church bells chimed.

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