- 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.
- 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
OTHER WORDS FROM chimechimer, nounun·chim·ing, adjective
Other definitions for chime (2 of 2)
Origin of chime2
How to use chime in a sentence
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.
And the bells chimed for victory at 1211 Avenue of the Americas.
"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
Suddenly the clock in the big hall below chimed two upon its peal of silvery bells.The Doctor of Pimlico|William Le Queux
Out of doors was the Alpine glow, the evening bells chimed, the daughters of the sunbeams sang: "May the best thing happen!"Rudy and Babette|Hans Christian Andersen
Miss S. chimed in with the Major; the neighborhood too seemed in the same tune.Tristram of Blent|Anthony Hope
"Yes, yes," chimed in May enthusiastically, in reference to the man and not to the slang.A Houseful of Girls|Sarah Tytler
"Oh, that's square," Marmot chimed in; and the others repeated the formula.Colonial Born|G. Firth Scott
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