- 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 pealed
Buses, vans, and cars sounded their horns, gun salutes rang out, the bells of Westminster Abbey pealed, and everyone cheered.Happy Birthday, Prince George! Will the Wee Royal Be the First King of the 22nd Century?
July 21, 2014
His voice was breaking, but still it pealed over the sea of heads.The Manxman
She pealed with laughter, her companion regarding her with tense lips.Melomaniacs
Bernard pealed on the bell and the butler came in with a stately walk.The Young Visiters or, Mr. Salteena's Plan
When I was a small boy I have pealed many a birch broom for a sixpence.Old New England Traits
It not only was heard through the ship, but it pealed through it like a clap of thunder.Within the Capes
- 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 pealed
1630s, from peal (n.). Related: Pealed; pealing.
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