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peal

[peel] /pil/
noun
1.
a loud, prolonged ringing of bells.
2.
a set of bells tuned to one another.
3.
a series of changes rung on a set of bells.
4.
any loud, sustained sound or series of sounds, as of cannon, thunder, applause, or laughter.
verb (used with object)
5.
to sound loudly and sonorously:
to peal the bells of a tower.
6.
Obsolete. to assail with loud sounds.
verb (used without object)
7.
to sound forth in a peal; resound.
Origin of peal
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English pele, akin to peal to beat, strike (now dial.)
Related forms
interpeal, verb (used with object)
unpealed, adjective
Can be confused
peal, peel.
Synonyms
4. reverberation, resounding, clangor.
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Examples from the Web for pealing
Historical Examples
  • 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 Mayne Reid
  • 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!

    Tom Bevan
  • Trumpets that mustered warriors by thousands were pealing from her walls.

    Sarchedon

    G. J. (George John) Whyte-Melville
  • As he entered the Cathedral the Te Deum was sung to the pealing organ.

    The Thirty Years' War Samuel Rawson Gardiner
  • Five minutes passed; and yet no sound but the howling and pealing of the storm.

    The Cock and Anchor Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
  • There he comes rushing into the cavern; his pealing laugh resounds.

  • The pealing, throbbing notes of this organ drifted down to Rosy.

    The Arrow of Fire

    Roy J. Snell
  • The air shook with the pealing of bells and the singing of the Te Deum by the Germans.

    Venice and its Story Thomas Okey
British Dictionary definitions for pealing

peal1

/piːl/
noun
1.
a loud prolonged usually reverberating sound, as of bells, thunder, or laughter
2.
(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
3.
(not in technical usage) the set of bells in a belfry
verb
4.
(intransitive) to sound with a peal or peals
5.
(transitive) to give forth loudly and sonorously
6.
(transitive) to ring (bells) in peals
Word Origin
C14 pele, variant of apeleappeal

peal2

/piːl/
noun
1.
a dialect name for a grilse or a young sea trout
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Word Origin and History for pealing

peal

n.

mid-14c., "a ringing of a bell" especially as a call to church service, generally considered a shortened form of appeal (n.), with the notion of a bell that "summons" people to church (cf. similar evolution in peach (v.)). Extended sense of "loud ringing of bells" is first recorded 1510s.

peal

v.

1630s, from peal (n.). Related: Pealed; pealing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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