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.

    Etymology: From cymbalum (maybe via chimbe).

  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.

    Etymology: From cymbalum (maybe via chimbe).

  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.

    Etymology: From cymbalum (maybe via chimbe).

  4. chimenoun

    The sound of such an instrument or device.

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

    Etymology: From cymbalum (maybe via chimbe).

  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.

    Etymology: From cymbalum (maybe via chimbe).

  6. chimeverb

    To make the sound of a chime.

    Etymology: From cymbalum (maybe via chimbe).

  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.

    Etymology: From cymbalum (maybe via chimbe).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chimenoun

    see Chine, n., 3

    Etymology: [See Chime, n.]

  2. Chimenoun

    the harmonious sound of bells, or of musical instruments

    Etymology: [See Chime, n.]

  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

    Etymology: [See Chime, n.]

  4. Chimenoun

    pleasing correspondence of proportion, relation, or sound

    Etymology: [See Chime, n.]

  5. Chimenoun

    to sound in harmonious accord, as bells

    Etymology: [See Chime, n.]

  6. Chimenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Chime, n.]

  7. Chimenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Chime, n.]

  8. Chimenoun

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

    Etymology: [See Chime, n.]

  9. Chimeverb

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

    Etymology: [See Chime, n.]

  10. Chimeverb

    to utter harmoniously; to recite rhythmically

    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.

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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. 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.

  2. Stephen Bolinder:

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

  3. 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.

  4. Logan Pearsall Smith:

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

  5. 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.

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  • камбанки, камбанка, камбанен звънBulgarian
  • Glocke, übereinstimmen, läutenGerman
  • chimeEsperanto
  • sopia yhteen, vastata, soittokello, soittaa, vasara, kello, merkkiääni, kellonsoitto, hälyttääFinnish
  • carillon, carillonnerFrench
  • झंकारHindi
  • շառաչելArmenian
  • berbunyiIndonesian
  • carillonItalian
  • チャイム, 鐘Japanese
  • klokDutch
  • combinarPortuguese
  • колокольчик, звон, звонок, соответствовать, колокольчики, звенеть, звонить, молотокRussian
  • جھاڑوUrdu
  • kêu vangVietnamese

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