Main definitions of chime in English

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chime1

noun

often chimes
  • 1A bell or a metal bar or tube, typically one of a set tuned to produce a melodious series of ringing sounds when struck.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Here, Stewart's vocals hang in hazy suspensions of wafting guitars, piercing chimes, subliminal drones, and ornately wrought percussion.’
    • ‘Take off the cover to the chimes or bells and inspect the points that strike the chime or bell for dirt.’
    • ‘The sound of bells and chimes colored the breeze.’
    • ‘The use of chimes and tubular bells is another reason.’
    • ‘And the background music totally had the bells and chimes and violins and cellos and soft brass going.’
    • ‘The chimes and squiggling synths on ‘Run’ are forlorn reminders of this sound.’
    • ‘A celeste is an antique piano that plays chimes, like a bigger, richer bell sound.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Towards the end of the show, Lieberman hands out percussion instruments - triangles, chimes, shakers - and has no trouble finding volunteers to take the instruments.’
    • ‘The prepositions, in their bag, made a sound of agreement like metal chimes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Some looked like variants of things I recognized; there were string instruments like lutes or small guitars, there were drums, chimes, tambourines.’
    • ‘Swooning, proggy mellotron sounds, crunchy electronic percussion, fat blobs of analogue synth, gamelan chimes and digital noise compete for centre stage in quickfire exchanges.’
    1. 1.1 A melodious ringing sound produced by striking a set of chimes.
      ‘I hear the chimes of the hour from the courthouse’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The next song, ‘All the Arms Around You’, wraps Diers's deadpan vocals with the ideal accoutrement: ringing chimes!’
      • ‘Ty glanced around when he heard the chimes echo throughout the castle.’
      • ‘The distant chime of bells sounded in the parlor.’
      • ‘The chime of metal on metal sounded, and Lanfilar opened his eyes to see a very encouraging sight.’
      • ‘The cold morning breeze and a festive ambience, the chime of bells and melodious carols signal the arrival of Christmas.’
      • ‘Through the thin trunks of birch and larger oaks, she could hear the flat chimes of running water, and knew she was close.’
      • ‘Chris waited outside of Mrs. Schmidt's Contemporary Issues class as the last chime of the bell rang through the hall.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘In the silence between chimes, she had heard soft, well concealed steps as her watcher ran up the castle stairs.’
      • ‘Even out here, he had heard the chimes and was transported.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Just as quickly, the band shoves terra firma back under your feet; drums die, pianos fade, and chimes reverb in the brickblack.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Reality of the situation came back down when I heard the chimes go through the house and I froze, horrified.’
      • ‘It sounded like melodious chimes ringing into my ears.’
      peal, pealing, ringing, carillon, toll, tolling, sound
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    2. 1.2chimes A set of tuned metal rods used as an orchestral instrument.
      • ‘Mr. Herman sits surrounded by 20 percussion instruments, including two timpani, vibraphones, glockenspiel, chimes, cymbals and sleigh bells.’
      • ‘The students who crafted the chimes and other metal elements had to learn welding as a part of their ten-week experience.’
      • ‘Not that Metropolis reveals a sudden interested in perfecting the three-minute folk-pop song, but here Ficken doesn't let his vocals get upstaged by violins or chimes.’
      • ‘We finished putting away the bass drum and chimes, and were just leaving when Tristan turned to me and inquired ‘Alli?’’
      • ‘The chimes feature five bronze tubes suspended from a handcrafted, hardwood birdhouse perfectly suited for a wren or a warbler.’
      • ‘The voice seemed to glitter with the sound of chimes ringing together.’
      • ‘This page is great for inspiration as it suggests ways of making a tambourine, drum, chimes, horn, cymbals, xylophone, guitar, comb buzzer and hand bells.’
      • ‘The music is fairly pleasing as well, a haunting melodic chime tune that feels quite at place with Kei and his psychological ruminations.’
      • ‘On Caribbean Odyssey he plays bongos, congas, timbales, cowbells, Hawaiian nose flutes, chimes and even the agogo bells.’
      • ‘Throughout the song, we hear tinkling piano, barely-tapped chimes and sporadic maracas.’
      • ‘A low, rapid-heartbeat bassline runs under the song, and a staggering piano and flourishes of chimes break out of the near-silence like a burst of light before he passes out.’
      • ‘All the way through, chimes, strings and brass sections and various found sounds find their way to the heart of deceptively simple melodies to create an Eden-like sonic garden.’
      • ‘And, of course, the only bells that ring there are not the clanging chimes of doom.’
      • ‘The haunting guitars and swells drift over a shuffling break beat, brooding bass, and chimes.’
      • ‘Serean continued to curse and yell at the fish in her underground water garden when she heard a loud set of chimes chime and bells in the high tower ring to an old eerie tune.’
    3. 1.3chimes 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘People choose chimes for two button doorbell circuits because they want different sounds for the front and back doors.’
      • ‘Whether you choose chimes or bells, wiring the sound unit to the outside button is the same.’
    4. 1.4Bell-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.’
      • ‘With aching finality, the moon unseen reached its perihelion in the sky and the hour sounded the twelve chimes of middle night.’
      • ‘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.’

verb

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

    with complement ‘the clock chimed eight’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A bell chimed from a grandfather clock in the corner of the room.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At midnight, the bells would chime across the city, town or village.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 10.29 am, when the second tower collapsed, bells chimed and fog-horns of boats on the nearby Hudson River sounded.’
    • ‘Wedding bells were chiming merrily in the parish recently.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a relief when the bells chimed at the end of the period.’
    • ‘The bell chimed out, its sharp sound a contrast to the stillness as the Courtmacsherry Lifeboat rolled in the gentle swell.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘A bell chimed as Mr. Wellington entered the print shop with an empty sack and perspiration shining on his brow.’
    • ‘As Vincent pushed the glass door open, the small bells chimed.’
    • ‘I reminded myself that it would be over when the bell chimed, and there was no need to look at the clock.’
    • ‘Staring at the clock, Autumn waited the five seconds left before the bell would chime.’
    • ‘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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  • 2British Be in agreement; harmonize.

    ‘his poem chimes with our modern experience of loss’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It chimes with that awful embarrassment and fear of the family construct being dismantled.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His observation chimes with anecdotal evidence.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mr Herdan said: ‘That's the direction we are going in and it chimes with the entitlement card.’’
    • ‘Something about it chimes with the British character.’
    • ‘I understand that the original reason for the creation of the European Community no longer chimes with younger people.’
    • ‘The forum chimes with the Government's White Paper calling for more community involvement in planning decisions.’
    • ‘But the street culture of respect dangerously chimes with that of the politicians: both are couched in terms of threat, control and fear.’
    • ‘There's a freewheeling, finger-clicking vibe to all the performances which certainly chimes with the original actors' charisma and schmoozy ease.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This certainly chimes with my experience of having put a number of specific allegations about supposedly untrue stories to the paper.’
    • ‘We have a clear sense of co-operative purpose which chimes with the times and is increasingly commercial.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One passage chimes with my present state of mind.’
    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

    • 1Interject a remark.

      ‘“Yes, you do that,” Doreen chimed in eagerly’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘‘Neither can Beryl,’ one of the other middle-aged serving matrons chimes in.’
      • ‘Malorni chimes in: ‘I had a big black welt on my head.’’
      • ‘Dan chimes in: ‘People seem to have forgotten that being in a rock band is by its nature ridiculous.’’
      • ‘Fellow Razor Dog Ian Penny Pennington chimes in: ‘We played at the All Age Rage and showed them how it's done.’’
      • ‘‘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.’
      • ‘Tansy chimes in, her big brown eyes sparkling, ‘You'll never have to leave!’’
      • ‘Just thought I'd chime in during the commercial break.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘At this point, my manager chimes in over the airwaves.’
      • ‘‘The human being will never be happy,’ Cáceres chimes 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'll have Rosalynn chime in on that right after we come back from the break.’
      • ‘The young woman's male counterpart quickly chimed in, interrupting her.’
      • ‘I can almost hear you chiming in, and no doubt you'll want to compile your own list.’
      • ‘My dad takes a break from the tan lady to chime 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.’
      • ‘I normally refrain from chiming in to an editor, but this story piqued my civic conscience.’
      interject, interpose, intervene, interrupt, butt in, cut in, break in, join in, join the conversation
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    • 2Join in harmoniously.

      • ‘Thank you very much for joining us and chiming in.’
      • ‘Its catchy chorus line, which the nineteen-year-olds like to chime in on for a sort of harmonic stereo effect, is ‘Can't believe that this is real / Do I really feel the way I feel?’’
      • ‘Then we do another two verse-chorus pairs and a break, with the electric chiming in sparsely.’
      • ‘All right, Rick, Jeff, we appreciate you chiming in on it tonight and joining us.’
      • ‘The light and breezy pop music carries a bit of The Beach Boys on its back and, when the ensemble harmonies and tambourine chime in, a smiling smidge of Partridge Family.’
      • ‘I don't see these friends chiming in and signing the petition, do you?’
      • ‘Pete's younger brother, Simon Townshend, chimed in on rhythm guitar and vocals with long-time touring member pianist John Bundrick completing the line-up.’
      • ‘Soon, all the fairies were chiming in that they would join Lucen in an attempt to escape.’
      • ‘You knew you were at an REM concert when the arpeggio notes of Everybody Hurts chimed in.’
      • ‘Rufus Wainwright chimes in, as does Beck (doing a sublime cover of ‘Diamond Dogs’) and the man himself.’
      • ‘The minor parties are also chiming in too - adding to the credence that National can form a government after the election.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

chime

/tʃaɪm//CHīm/

Main definitions of chime in English

: chime1chime2

chime2

(also chimb)

noun

  • The projecting rim at the end of a 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.’
    • ‘These chimes have a rim portion with an in-turned flange that fits into a groove located in the cask.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation

chime

/tʃaɪm//CHīm/