- a set of bells or of slabs of metal, stone, wood, etc., producing musical tones when struck.
- a musical instrument consisting of such a set, especially a glockenspiel.
- the musical tones thus produced.
verb (used without object), chimed, chim·ing.
verb (used with object), chimed, chim·ing.
- to break suddenly and unwelcomely into a conversation, as to express agreement or voice an opinion.
- to harmonize with, as in singing.
- to be consistent or compatible; agree: The new building will not chime in with the surrounding architecture.
Origin of chime1
Origin of chime2
Examples from the Web for chime
Fans will have the opportunity to chime in via Twitter and vote on certain aspects of the show.Inside ‘The Sex Factor’: Where 16 Men and Women Vie For Porn Immortality|Aurora Snow|November 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If immigration reform is being considered by Congress, Iowa Republican Steve Kingis always sure to chime in.
Karl Lagerfeld (always one to chime in) does not approve of the habit.Diane Kruger Is Chanel’s New Face; Yves Saint Laurent Films Face Off|The Fashion Beast Team|April 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez was quick to chime in, dismissing her as a “bandit.”GOP's New Foreign Affairs Chair Ready to Play Hardball|Sandra McElwaine|February 20, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Dick stopped for a moment to listen, and as he did so, their chime came to his ears like the sound of his own name.Dick and His Cat and Other Tales|Various
A clock inside the hall began to chime midnight, and he turned on his heel.The Education of Eric Lane|Stephen McKenna
An hour passed by, and the chime of a clock striking five dropped down coolly, almost frostily, to the hot and curious crowd.In the Wilderness|Robert Hichens
Here the sigh lifted and her laugh pealed like a chime of silver bells.The Haunted Pajamas|Francis Perry Elliott
It was a Sabbath day in late August, and in no month of the year does a Sabbath day so chime with the time.Corporal Cameron|Ralph Connor
- to sound (a bell) or (of a bell) to be sounded by a clapper or hammer
- to produce (music or sounds) by chiming
Word Origin for chime
Word Origin for chime
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.