[ chi-meer, shi- ]
/ tʃɪˈmɪər, ʃɪ- /
a loose upper robe, especially of a bishop, to which the lawn sleeves are usually attached.
Also chimar, chim·er [chim-er, shim-] /ˈtʃɪm ər, ˈʃɪm-/.
Origin of chimere
1325–75; Middle English chemer, chymere < Anglo-Latin chimēra, special use of chimera
Definition for chimer (2 of 2)
[ chahym ]
/ tʃaɪm /
an apparatus for striking a bell so as to produce a musical sound, as one at the front door of a house by which visitors announce their presence.
- 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.
harmonious sound in general; music; melody.
harmonious relation; accord: the battling duo, in chime at last.
verb (used without object), chimed, chim·ing.
to sound harmoniously or in chimes as a set of bells: The church bells chimed at noon.
to produce a musical sound by striking a bell, gong, etc.; ring chimes: The doorbell chimed.
to speak in cadence or singsong.
to harmonize; agree: The scenery chimed perfectly with the play's eerie mood.
verb (used with object), chimed, chim·ing.
to give forth (music, sound, etc.), as a bell or bells.
to strike (a bell, set of bells, etc.) so as to produce musical sound.
to put, bring, indicate, announce, etc., by chiming: Bells chimed the hour.
to utter or repeat in cadence or singsong: The class chimed a greeting to the new teacher.
- 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
1250–1300; Middle English chymbe belle, by false analysis of *chimbel, Old English cimbal cymbal
Related formschim·er, nounun·chim·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for chimer (1 of 3)
chimer or chimar (ˈtʃɪmə, ˈʃɪm-)
/ (tʃɪˈmɪə, ʃɪ-) /
Anglican Church a sleeveless red or black gown, part of a bishop's formal dress though not a vestment
Word Origin for chimere
C14: perhaps from Medieval Latin chimēra (see chimera) and related to Spanish zamarra sheepskin coat
British Dictionary definitions for chimer (2 of 3)
/ (tʃaɪm) /
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
- to sound (a bell) or (of a bell) to be sounded by a clapper or hammer
- 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
British Dictionary definitions for chimer (3 of 3)
chimb chine (tʃaɪn)
/ (tʃaɪm) /
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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