- a loud, prolonged ringing of bells.
- a set of bells tuned to one another.
- a series of changes rung on a set of bells.
- any loud, sustained sound or series of sounds, as of cannon, thunder, applause, or laughter.
- to sound loudly and sonorously: to peal the bells of a tower.
- Obsolete. to assail with loud sounds.
- to sound forth in a peal; resound.
Origin of peal
1350–1400; Middle English pele, akin to peal to beat, strike (now dial.)
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4. reverberation, resounding, clangor.
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Examples from the Web for peal
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At that moment, to his excessive astonishment, the organ began to peal forth.The Channings
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Sometimes all the bells which compose a peal tell their various uses.English Villages
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A moment of stunned quiet had succeeded the peal of thunder.The Gentleman From Indiana
Our eyes met, and Adelaide burst into a peal of harsh laughter.The First Violin
Ned never forgot the peal of laughter which came from his parents.
- a loud prolonged usually reverberating sound, as of bells, thunder, or laughter
- bell-ringing a series of changes rung in accordance with specific rules, consisting of not fewer than 5000 permutations in a ring of eight bells
- (not in technical usage) the set of bells in a belfry
- (intr) to sound with a peal or peals
- (tr) to give forth loudly and sonorously
- (tr) to ring (bells) in peals
C14 pele, variant of apele appeal
- a dialect name for a grilse or a young sea trout
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Word Origin and History for peal
1630s, from peal (n.). Related: Pealed; pealing.
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