- 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 pealing
London was merry-making, with bonfires and pealing of bells, when Will Peake and I entered it.Sir Ludar
Talbot Baines Reed
It was not the shouts of men, nor the detonation of guns, nor the pealing of the thunder.The Scalp Hunters
Their pealing screams often split the silence of the valley.The Yellow Horde
Hal G. Evarts
Another flash, another roar, another crash, a pealing of strange thunder.Sea-Dogs All!
Trumpets that mustered warriors by thousands were pealing from her walls.Sarchedon
G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville
- 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 pealing
1630s, from peal (n.). Related: Pealed; pealing.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper