What does chime mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. chime, bell, gongverb

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

  2. chimeverb

    emit a sound

    "bells and gongs chimed"


  1. chimenoun

    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. chimenoun

    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. chimenoun

    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. chimenoun

    The sound of such an instrument or device.

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

  5. chimenoun

    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. chimeverb

    To make the sound of a chime.

  7. chimeverb

    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. Etymology: From cymbalum (maybe via chimbe).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. CHIMEnoun

    Etymology: The original of this word is doubtful. Franciscus Junius and John Minsheu suppose it corrupted from cimbal; Stephen Skinner from gamme, or gamut; Thomas Henshaw from chiamare, to call, because the chime calls to church. Perhaps it is only softened from chirme, or churme, an old word for the sound of many voices, or instruments making a noise together.

    Hang our shaggy thighs with bells;
    That, as we do strike a tune,
    In our dance, shall make a chime. Ben Jonson, Fairy Pr.

    The sound
    Of instruments, that made melodious chime,
    Was heard, of harp and organ. John Milton, Paradise Lost, b. xi.

    Love virtue, she alone is free;
    She can teach you how to climb
    Higher than the sphery chime. John Milton.

    Love first invented verse, and form’d the rhime,
    The motion measur’d, harmoniz’d the chime. John Dryden, Fab.

    We have heard the chimes at midnight. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    The conceptions of things are placed in their several degrees of similitude; as in several proportions, one to another: in which harmonious chimes, the voice of reason is often drowned. Nehemiah Grew, Cosmol. b. ii. c. 6. s. 51.

  2. To Chimeverb

    To move, or strike, or sound harmonically, or with just consonancy.

    With lifted arms they order ev’ry blow,
    And chime their sounding hammers in a row:
    With labour’d anvils Ætna groans below. John Dryden, Georg.

  3. To Chimeverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    To make the rough recital aptly chime,
    Or bring the sum of Gallia’s loss to rhime,
    ’Tis mighty hard. Matthew Prior.

    Father and son, husband and wife, and such other correlative terms, do belong one to another; and, through custom, do readily chime, and answer one another, in people’s memories. John Locke.

    He not only sat quietly and heard his father railed at, but often chimed in with the discourse. John Arbuthnot, Hist. of J. Bull.

    Any sect, whose reasonings, interpretation, and language, I have been used to, will, of course, make all chime that way; and make another, and perhaps the genuine meaning of the author, seem harsh, strange and uncouth to me. John Locke.

    But with the meaner tribe I’m forc’d to chime,
    And, wanting strength to rise, descend to rhime. Smith.


  1. chime

    A chime is a bell or a metal bar or tube, typically one of a set tuned to produce a melodious series of ringing sounds when struck. It often suspended vertically or horizontally in a frame and used as a musical instrument or a device to signal time. The term "chime" can also refer to the harmonious sound or melody produced by these instruments or even by the wind, birds, or other natural elements.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chimenoun

    see Chine, n., 3

  2. Chimenoun

    the harmonious sound of bells, or of musical instruments

  3. Chimenoun

    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. Chimenoun

    pleasing correspondence of proportion, relation, or sound

  5. Chimenoun

    to sound in harmonious accord, as bells

  6. Chimenoun

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

  7. Chimenoun

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

  8. Chimenoun

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

  9. Chimeverb

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

  10. Chimeverb

    to utter harmoniously; to recite rhythmically

  11. Etymology: [See Chime, n.]


  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Chime

    chīm, n. the harmonious sound of bells or other musical instruments: agreement of sound or of relation: harmony: (pl.) a set of bells.—v.i. to sound in harmony: to jingle: to accord or agree: to rhyme.—v.t. to strike, or cause to sound in harmony: to say words over mechanically.—Chime in, to join in, in agreement; Chime in with, to agree, or fall in with. [M. E. chimbe, prob. O. Fr. cymbale—L. cymbalum, a cymbal.]

  2. Chime

    Chimb, chīm, n. the rim formed by the ends of the staves of a cask: (naut.) a hollowed or bevelled channel in the waterway of a ship's deck. [Cog. with Dut. kim, Ger. kimme, edge.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. chime

    See CHINE.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. CHIME

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Chime is ranked #116201 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Chime surname appeared 150 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Chime.

    59.3% or 89 total occurrences were Black.
    21.3% or 32 total occurrences were White.
    18% or 27 total occurrences were Asian.

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Anagrams for chime »

  1. hemic

  2. miche

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chime in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chime in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of chime in a Sentence

  1. Tamrat Giorgis:

    The world out there wanted to believe the fairy tale. They became obsessed with their own narrative, but that doesn't chime with what is happening on the ground. It is much more complex and scary.

  2. Logan Pearsall Smith:

    There is one thing that matters -- to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few fastidious people.

  3. Kiyoshi Masui:

    Digital signal processing is what makes CHIME able to reconstruct and' look' in thousands of directions simultaneously, that's what helps us detect FRBs a thousand times more often than a traditional telescope.

  4. Board Vice Chair Ron Clous:

    I was going to chime in as well, i was just going to show the rifle and show that I fully support the Second Amendment, but then I opted not to... I was in my home.

  5. Stephen Bolinder:

    Every time I heard the door chime, my heart stopped.

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    quickly aroused to anger
    • A. motile
    • B. bibulous
    • C. naiant
    • D. irascible

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