1. the edge or brim of a cask, barrel, or the like, formed by the ends of the staves projecting beyond the head or bottom.
Also chimb, chine.

Origin of chime

1350–1400; Middle English chimb(e); compare Old English cimbing chime; cognate with Middle Low German, Middle Dutch kimme edge Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for chimb


  1. a variant spelling of chime 2


  1. an individual bell or the sound it makes when struck
  2. (often plural) the machinery employed to sound a bell in this way
  3. 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
  4. a harmonious or ringing soundthe chimes of children's laughter
  5. agreement; concord
    1. to sound (a bell) or (of a bell) to be sounded by a clapper or hammer
    2. to produce (music or sounds) by chiming
  1. (tr) to indicate or show (time or the hours) by chiming
  2. (tr) to summon, announce, or welcome by ringing bells
  3. (intr foll by with) to agree or harmonize
  4. to speak or recite in a musical or rhythmic manner
Derived Formschimer, noun

Word Origin for chime

C13: probably shortened from earlier chymbe bell, ultimately from Latin cymbalum cymbal



chimb chine (tʃaɪn)

  1. the projecting edge or rim of a cask or barrel

Word Origin for chime

Old English cimb-; related to Middle Low German kimme outer edge, Swedish kimb
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Word Origin and History for chimb



c.1300, 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.



mid-14c., 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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