- 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.
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Origin of chime1
OTHER WORDS FROM chimechimer, nounun·chim·ing, adjective
Definition for chime (2 of 2)
Origin of chime2
Example sentences from the Web for chime
The changes are mostly subtle, as in the case of the newly recorded startup chime.
The sound rang out against the chime of the machine, and it was as if we’d become one.
"Perry" chimed in: "They don't want to take blame," he said of the police union attacking De Blasio.Justice League Vigil for Slain NYPD Officers Asks Whose Life Matters|Olivia Nuzzi|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Even Xi chimed in on the debate the other day by saying that the blue in ‘APEC blue’ should remain permanent.Obama and Xi Jinping Say They’ll Work Together to Save Environment|Ben Leung|November 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“Lorena Bobbitt has committed the ultimate revolutionary act of contemporary feminism,” chimed Camille Paglia.
Her red-haired friend Svetlana chimed in, “Between two evils we choose Russia.”Putin Has Predicted Civil War in Ukraine. So Do Many of Its People|Anna Nemtsova|April 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Then came a moment of hesitation, and Mei chimed, “Maybe just a bit.”China’s Concubine Culture Lives On in Mistress Villages|Brendon Hong|April 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
"It was most disgraceful and wicked," chimed in a second lady.Tom Gerrard|Louis Becke
Thats right, chimed in Jerry, and Bob nodded his head in assent.The Motor Boys|Clarence Young
“Perhaps England has sent a regiment of Territorials across by the Ostend boat,” chimed in another.The Day of Wrath|Louis Tracy
"Women do not appear to be generally aware of that fact," we chimed in.The Art of Amusing|Frank Bellew
"Of course not," chimed in Aunt Maria with real feeling, for she was shocked by the youth's haggard and ghastly face.Overland|John William De Forest
British Dictionary definitions for chime (1 of 2)
- to sound (a bell) or (of a bell) to be sounded by a clapper or hammer
- to produce (music or sounds) by chiming