WORD ORIGIN noun the edge or brim of a cask, barrel, or the like, formed by the ends of the staves projecting beyond the head or bottom. Origin of chime 2 1350–1400; Middle English chimb(e); compare Old English cimbing chime; cognate with Middle Low German, Middle Dutch kimme edge
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British Dictionary definitions for chimb noun an individual bell or the sound it makes when struck (often plural) the machinery employed to sound a bell in this way Also called: bell a percussion instrument consisting of a set of vertical metal tubes of graduated length, suspended in a frame and struck with a hammer a harmonious or ringing sound the chimes of children's laughter agreement; concord verb to sound (a bell) or (of a bell) to be sounded by a clapper or hammer to produce (music or sounds) by chiming (tr) to indicate or show (time or the hours) by chiming (tr) to summon, announce, or welcome by ringing bells ( intr foll by with) to agree or harmonize to speak or recite in a musical or rhythmic manner Derived Forms chimer, noun Word Origin for chime
C13: probably shortened from earlier
chymbe bell, ultimately from Latin cymbalum cymbal chime 2 chimb chine ( tʃaɪn) noun the projecting edge or rim of a cask or barrel Word Origin for chime
cimb-; related to Middle Low German kimme outer edge, Swedish kimb
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Word Origin and History for chimb n.
chymbe "cymbal," from Old English cymbal, cimbal, also perhaps through Old French chimbe or directly from Latin cymbalum (see cymbal, the modern word for what this word originally meant). Evidently the word was misinterpreted as chymbe bellen (c.1300) and its sense shifted to "chime bells," a meaning attested from mid-15c. v.
chyme, from chime (n.). Originally of metal, etc.; of voices from late 14c. To chime in originally was musical, "join harmoniously;" of conversation by 1838. Related: Chimed; chiming.
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