Main definitions of chime in English

: chime1chime2

chime1

noun

  • 1A bell or a metal bar or tube, tuned and used in a set to produce a melodious series of ringing sounds when struck.

    ‘the warm breeze whispered through the chimes hanging from the balcony ceiling’
    • ‘Recorders whistle through delay pedals, tracing out skeletal melodies in a haze of chimes and throbbing bass as cymbals roll and drums rumble through ever-shifting pulse patterns.’
    • ‘Towards the end of the show, Lieberman hands out percussion instruments - triangles, chimes, shakers - and has no trouble finding volunteers to take the instruments.’
    • ‘Strings, chimes, horns, pianos and bells appear in nearly every song, no matter how fast the tempo or searing the guitars, and, most importantly, they never feel forced.’
    • ‘A celeste is an antique piano that plays chimes, like a bigger, richer bell sound.’
    • ‘The chimes and squiggling synths on ‘Run’ are forlorn reminders of this sound.’
    • ‘Swooning, proggy mellotron sounds, crunchy electronic percussion, fat blobs of analogue synth, gamelan chimes and digital noise compete for centre stage in quickfire exchanges.’
    • ‘Here, Stewart's vocals hang in hazy suspensions of wafting guitars, piercing chimes, subliminal drones, and ornately wrought percussion.’
    • ‘Opening the door of the carriage, William stepped out and pulled the cord of the bell chime, listening as the sound echoed through the house.’
    • ‘The use of chimes and tubular bells is another reason.’
    • ‘Take off the cover to the chimes or bells and inspect the points that strike the chime or bell for dirt.’
    • ‘The prepositions, in their bag, made a sound of agreement like metal chimes.’
    • ‘Some looked like variants of things I recognized; there were string instruments like lutes or small guitars, there were drums, chimes, tambourines.’
    • ‘And the background music totally had the bells and chimes and violins and cellos and soft brass going.’
    • ‘The sound of bells and chimes colored the breeze.’
    • ‘Even when the mood becomes threatening, as on the gloomy The Moon Versus The Sea or Mytikas, Haugh balances it with airy bells and chimes.’
    • ‘The rich bass, sustaining guitar, and chimes offer a pleasing blend of sound, but goes on much too long for the amount of compositional advancement.’
    1. 1.1 A melodious ringing sound produced by striking a set of chimes.
      ‘the chimes of Big Ben’
      • ‘Even out here, he had heard the chimes and was transported.’
      • ‘It starts with what sounds like the distant chimes of gamelan music reverberating around a cavern and then morphs into a different winding style every eight minutes or so.’
      • ‘The cold morning breeze and a festive ambience, the chime of bells and melodious carols signal the arrival of Christmas.’
      • ‘Ty glanced around when he heard the chimes echo throughout the castle.’
      • ‘It sounded like melodious chimes ringing into my ears.’
      • ‘Out of a buzzy analog haze, a stomping bassline gathers up all the lost children and, in a glorious series of chimes and welcoming blips, sends them out into a magical world of candy cane funk.’
      • ‘The constant recycling of chimes seasoned with crowd noises, tube announcements and nature sounds acts as a sonic tour of the city.’
      • ‘Through the thin trunks of birch and larger oaks, she could hear the flat chimes of running water, and knew she was close.’
      • ‘Reality of the situation came back down when I heard the chimes go through the house and I froze, horrified.’
      • ‘A chime of bells, normally in a tower, played either from a keyboard or mechanically by a barrel (like that of a barrel organ, but larger) or similar device.’
      • ‘The chime of metal on metal sounded, and Lanfilar opened his eyes to see a very encouraging sight.’
      • ‘The next song, ‘All the Arms Around You’, wraps Diers's deadpan vocals with the ideal accoutrement: ringing chimes!’
      • ‘Just as quickly, the band shoves terra firma back under your feet; drums die, pianos fade, and chimes reverb in the brickblack.’
      • ‘The distant chime of bells sounded in the parlor.’
      • ‘Chris waited outside of Mrs. Schmidt's Contemporary Issues class as the last chime of the bell rang through the hall.’
      • ‘In the silence between chimes, she had heard soft, well concealed steps as her watcher ran up the castle stairs.’
      • ‘A few seconds after she spoke, the crew of the Varian could hear the same mysterious chimes floating through the air, but this time, they did have a melody.’
      • ‘Framed by a mixed bag of submerged synth sounds and clanging chimes, the moody ‘Lover's Rock’ lumbers out of the gate before settling into a nice trot.’
      • ‘For six minutes, the song flows leisurely across faintly ringing organ tones and chimes, with just a few scattered notes recalling some of Fahey's concrete leanings.’
      • ‘With the chime of the glockenspiel and the slow pull of the violin the band began and invited us to witness a cavalcade of sound and images.’
      peal, pealing, ringing, carillon, toll, tolling, sound
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    2. 1.2chimes A set of tuned bells used as a doorbell.
      • ‘Much like musical doorbell chimes: you can only listen to a badly midi-ized version of the William Tell overture once before you rip out the batteries and revert to knocking.’
      • ‘Whether you choose chimes or bells, wiring the sound unit to the outside button is the same.’
      • ‘People choose chimes for two button doorbell circuits because they want different sounds for the front and back doors.’
      • ‘It wasn't until we had reached the top platform in front of the door that we heard the bells and chimes tune telling everyone we had arrived.’
    3. 1.3Bell-ringing A stroke of the clapper against one or both sides of a scarcely moving bell.
      • ‘Doomsday was not on the agenda when the chimes struck midnight and 2000 was born.’
      • ‘The twelfth chime struck and Krizzia awoke panting.’
      • ‘The chime struck twice, to ring in the second millennium.’
      • ‘Time passes again, the same clock hands spin madly, the same bells ring and the same chimes chime.’
      • ‘With aching finality, the moon unseen reached its perihelion in the sky and the hour sounded the twelve chimes of middle night.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1(of a bell or clock) make melodious ringing sounds, typically to indicate the time.

    with complement ‘the clock chimed eight’
    • ‘A bell chimed from a grandfather clock in the corner of the room.’
    • ‘Staring at the clock, Autumn waited the five seconds left before the bell would chime.’
    • ‘As Vincent pushed the glass door open, the small bells chimed.’
    • ‘Elsewhere, other fireworks lit the night sky, as the St Magnus Cathedral bells chimed over Broad Street revellers and Stromness echoed to the sound of ships' horns.’
    • ‘Temple bells chimed as men in flowing kurtas and multicoloured turbans and bejewelled women in vivid pinks and purples paid obeisance to their guru, Baba Gulabgir.’
    • ‘The abbey's tenor bell chimed for the 101st time - once a minute for every year of the Queen Mother's life - as the service began.’
    • ‘Out of the blue came a long, beautiful note, followed by more, until they were strung into what sounded like fairies singing and bells chiming.’
    • ‘At midnight, the bells would chime across the city, town or village.’
    • ‘It was a relief when the bells chimed at the end of the period.’
    • ‘SOME HOURS before the New Year bells chime at midnight, the light from the evening sun peeps through the dark clouds - a ray of hope for 2004.’
    • ‘Most of us have visions of the perfect English summers day: hours by the river, picnics, girls in Laura Ashley frocks riding creaking bicycles while church bells chime softly in the distance.’
    • ‘At every door in the street there is a shivering first-foot whose task, once the bells have chimed, is to enter and prevent the family from being prisoners in their own home.’
    • ‘Wedding bells were chiming merrily in the parish recently.’
    • ‘The bell chimed out, its sharp sound a contrast to the stillness as the Courtmacsherry Lifeboat rolled in the gentle swell.’
    • ‘As I listened to these bells chiming and the birds singing, I thought to myself that this was the quintessence of a peaceful American university campus.’
    • ‘At 10.29 am, when the second tower collapsed, bells chimed and fog-horns of boats on the nearby Hudson River sounded.’
    • ‘The people of Manchester honked horns and blew whistles as the town hall bells chimed for a minute to show support for the ‘Big Bang’ Metrolink extension.’
    • ‘A bell chimed as Mr. Wellington entered the print shop with an empty sack and perspiration shining on his brow.’
    • ‘I reminded myself that it would be over when the bell chimed, and there was no need to look at the clock.’
    • ‘As the bells chimed at 3.30 pm seven police officers - six men and one woman - removed their helmets in a mark of respect to their fallen comrade watched by about 25 bystanders.’
    ring, peal, toll, sound
    strike, sound
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  • 2chime with" or "chime in withBritish Be in agreement with.

    ‘his poem chimes with our modern experience of loss’
    • ‘We have a clear sense of co-operative purpose which chimes with the times and is increasingly commercial.’
    • ‘Penman's account of four young men, all descendants of Stewart of Lorne, practising their shooting skills in order to pick the man with the best chance of success also chimes with Hunter's research.’
    • ‘Turpin's journey from east London butcher's boy to legendary highwayman chimes with the re-invention of Great Train Robber Ronnie Biggs as the jack-the-lad beach boy of Brazil.’
    • ‘The forum chimes with the Government's White Paper calling for more community involvement in planning decisions.’
    • ‘This certainly chimes with my experience of having put a number of specific allegations about supposedly untrue stories to the paper.’
    • ‘One passage chimes with my present state of mind.’
    • ‘Housing experts believe that the market in Scotland will continue to slow this year with rises pegged at around an average of 5% at the most, chiming with the results of the YouGov survey.’
    • ‘His observation chimes with anecdotal evidence.’
    • ‘This chimes with a common sense appreciation of the fact that, with food and alcohol becoming cheaper and more plentiful than in the past, people must be eating more.’
    • ‘Leaving pensioners who rely solely on the state pension with such a paltry sum hardly chimes with the government's pledge to care for the vulnerable.’
    • ‘I understand that the original reason for the creation of the European Community no longer chimes with younger people.’
    • ‘There's a freewheeling, finger-clicking vibe to all the performances which certainly chimes with the original actors' charisma and schmoozy ease.’
    • ‘But now the same complaint is chiming with adults, angered by a decision to go to war that flies in the face of public opinion.’
    • ‘Something about it chimes with the British character.’
    • ‘Moreover, the apparently abstract nature of many of the paintings - particularly those with a limited range of colours and a simple geometric composition - chimes with the modern design aesthetic.’
    • ‘But the street culture of respect dangerously chimes with that of the politicians: both are couched in terms of threat, control and fear.’
    • ‘From where I sit, that chimes with the man, capturing nicely what seems to be a prickly earnestness and an eagerness to convert everyone to his way of thinking.’
    • ‘It chimes with that awful embarrassment and fear of the family construct being dismantled.’
    • ‘Mr Herdan said: ‘That's the direction we are going in and it chimes with the entitlement card.’’
    • ‘The move also chimes with the stated aims of Charlotte Beers, who was appointed as undersecretary of state for public diplomacy and public affairs last month.’
    accord, correspond, be consistent, be compatible, agree, be in agreement, be in accordance, fit in, be in harmony, harmonize, be in tune, be consonant, be similar
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Phrasal Verbs

  • chime in

    • Interject a remark.

      ‘‘Yes, you do that,’ Dave chimed in eagerly’
      • ‘Malorni chimes in: ‘I had a big black welt on my head.’’
      • ‘‘Neither can Beryl,’ one of the other middle-aged serving matrons chimes in.’
      • ‘I normally refrain from chiming in to an editor, but this story piqued my civic conscience.’
      • ‘Tansy chimes in, her big brown eyes sparkling, ‘You'll never have to leave!’’
      • ‘Lord chimes in: ‘I really think this form of animation is the best way of conveying emotion.’’
      • ‘Her friend Cheryl chimes in: ‘We gave up on aerobics.’’
      • ‘‘The human being will never be happy,’ Cáceres chimes in.’
      • ‘‘There's a marvellous new wiping-up sponge on the market that I was able to tell Tina about; she was thrilled,’ he chimes in, laughing.’
      • ‘Just thought I'd chime in during the commercial break.’
      • ‘Dan chimes in: ‘People seem to have forgotten that being in a rock band is by its nature ridiculous.’’
      • ‘‘The work in the plantation is difficult,’ a tea-plucker chimes in, her fingers deftly plucking the leaves with ease and then transferring them to a basket cradled from her forehead.’
      • ‘Lachlan chimes in that the family is giving up hundreds of millions of dollars of value to get the change of domicile done.’
      • ‘At this point, my manager chimes in over the airwaves.’
      • ‘I'll have Rosalynn chime in on that right after we come back from the break.’
      • ‘Fellow Razor Dog Ian Penny Pennington chimes in: ‘We played at the All Age Rage and showed them how it's done.’’
      • ‘The young woman's male counterpart quickly chimed in, interrupting her.’
      • ‘It's going to be very hot, says Barney, to murmurs of assent from Crimson Brit and Urban Chic man, chiming in for the first time.’
      • ‘My dad takes a break from the tan lady to chime in.’
      • ‘The estate agent quickly chimes in: ‘But, er, well, you know, that's, um, that's definitely in the mid-range of what you'd usually pay for a one-bedroom flat in London.’’
      • ‘I can almost hear you chiming in, and no doubt you'll want to compile your own list.’
      interject, interpose, intervene, interrupt, butt in, cut in, break in, join in, join the conversation
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Origin

Middle English (in the senses ‘cymbal’ and ‘ring out’): probably from Old English cimbal (see cymbal), later interpreted as chime bell.

Pronunciation

chime

/tʃʌɪm/

Main definitions of chime in English

: chime1chime2

chime2

noun

  • The projecting rim at the end of a cask.

    • ‘These chimes have a rim portion with an in-turned flange that fits into a groove located in the cask.’
    • ‘There is disclosed a cask and chime assembly wherein the cask has end surface side wall portions of reduced diameter relative to the central wall surface portion of the cask.’
    • ‘First, the rim or 'chime' of a cask was bevelled to slope inwards, and then finished off with a smaller sharp adze.’

Origin

Late Middle English: probably from an Old English word related to Dutch kim and German Kimme. Compare with chine.

Pronunciation

chime

/tʃʌɪm/