Nearby words

  1. chimaera,
  2. chimar,
  3. chimb,
  4. chimborazo,
  5. chimbote,
  6. chime hoop,
  7. chime in,
  8. chimenea,
  9. chimer,
  10. chimera

Origin of chime

1
1250–1300; Middle English chymbe belle, by false analysis of *chimbel, Old English cimbal cymbal

Related formschim·er, nounun·chim·ing, adjective

chime

2
[chahym]

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.
Also chimb, chine.

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 chime

chime

1

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 soundthe chimes of children's laughter
agreement; concord

verb

  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
(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 Formschimer, noun

Word Origin for chime

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

noun

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 chime
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