- 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
Contemporary Examples of 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
November 22, 2014
If immigration reform is being considered by Congress, Iowa Republican Steve Kingis always sure to chime in.10 GOP Rebranding Roadblocks
January 30, 2014
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
Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez was quick to chime in, dismissing her as a “bandit.”GOP's New Foreign Affairs Chair Ready to Play Hardball
February 20, 2011
Historical Examples of chime
He sung out like a singing-master, but I did not stop to chime in.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
A clock inside the hall began to chime midnight, and he turned on his heel.The Education of Eric Lane
The first batch of answers from the Chime came by an evening mail.
They left two or three story papers and that Chime thing when they went away.
When would the chime of the Christ-bell peal over land and sea?
- 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
chimb chine (tʃaɪn)
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.