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1. An apparatus for striking a bell or set of bells to produce a musical sound.
2. often chimes Music A set of tuned bells used as an orchestral instrument.
3. A single bell, as in the mechanism of a clock.
4. The sound produced by or as if by a bell or bells.
5. Agreement; accord: a flawless chime of romance and reality.
v. chimed, chim·ing, chimes
a. To sound with a harmonious ring when struck.
b. To make a musical sound by striking a bell or set of bells.
2. To be in agreement or accord: harmonize: Their views chimed with ours. The seafood and wine chimed perfectly.
1. To produce (music) by striking bells.
2. To strike (a bell) to produce music.
a. To signal or make known by chiming: The clock chimed noon.
b. To call, send, or welcome by chiming.
4. To repeat insistently.
1. To interrupt the speech of others, especially with an unwanted opinion.
2. To join in harmoniously.
3. To go together harmoniously; agree.
[From Middle English chimbe (belle), from Old French, variant of cimble, cymbal, from Latin cymbalum; see cymbal.]
The rim of a cask.
[Middle English chimb, from Old English cim-, cimb- (in cimstānas, bases of a pillar, and cimbing, jointing); see gembh- in Indo-European roots.]
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