• WordNet 3.6
    • v chime emit a sound "bells and gongs chimed"
    • n chime a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned bells that are struck with a hammer; used as an orchestral instrument
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Chime A set of bells musically tuned to each other; specif., in the pl., the music performed on such a set of bells by hand, or produced by mechanism to accompany the striking of the hours or their divisions. "We have heard the chimes at midnight."
    • Chime Pleasing correspondence of proportion, relation, or sound. "Chimes of verse."
    • n Chime chīm See Chine n., 3.
    • Chime The harmonious sound of bells, or of musical instruments. "Instruments that made melodius chime ."
    • Chime To be in harmony; to agree; to suit; to harmonize; to correspond; to fall in with. "Everything chimed in with such a humor."
    • Chime To cause to sound in harmony; to play a tune, as upon a set of bells; to move or strike in harmony. "And chime their sounding hammers."
    • Chime To join in a conversation; to express assent; -- followed by in or in with.
    • Chime To make a rude correspondence of sounds; to jingle, as in rhyming.
    • Chime To sound in harmonious accord, as bells.
    • Chime To utter harmoniously; to recite rhythmically. "Chime his childish verse."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n chime A cymbal; probably also a bell.
    • n chime A set of bells (regularly five to twelve) tuned to a musical scale: called chimes, or a chime of bells. When the bells are stationary, and are struck by hammers instead of tongues, the set is more properly called a carillon. Carillons sometimes consist of from 40 to 50 bells, the smaller bells rising in chromatic succession, while the larger are generally limited to such fundamental basses as the tonic, dominant, and subdominant. Wires or bars are occasionally used instead of bells.
    • n chime The harmonious sound of bells, or (rarely) of musical instruments.
    • n chime An arrangement of bells and strikers in an organ, musical box, clock, etc.
    • n chime Correspondence of sounds in general; rarely, proportion or harmonious relation: as, chimes of “verses,”
    • chime To ring as a bell; jingle; jangle.
    • chime To ring as bells in unison; sound in consonance, rhythm, or harmony; give out harmonious sounds; accord.
    • chime To agree; suit; harmonize: absolutely or with with.
    • chime To cause to sound harmoniously, as a set of bells; strike with or move to measure.
    • chime To utter harmoniously; recite with rhythmical flow.
    • n chime The edge or brim of a cask or tub, formed by the ends of the staves projecting beyond the head or bottom.
    • n chime In ship-building, that part of the waterway or thick plank at the side left above the deck and hollowed out to form a watercourse.
    • chime Nautical, to make a chime or chimb in.
    • chime To announce, indicate, summon, or bring about by chiming or stroke of bell: as, to chime (or strike) some particular hour; to chime one to sleep, or to supper, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Chime chīm the harmonious sound of bells or other musical instruments: agreement of sound or of relation: harmony:
    • v.i Chime to sound in harmony: to jingle: to accord or agree: to rhyme
    • v.t Chime to strike, or cause to sound in harmony: to say words over mechanically
    • n Chime chīm the rim formed by the ends of the staves of a cask:
    • n Chime chīm (pl.) a set of bells
    • n Chime chīm (naut.) a hollowed or bevelled channel in the waterway of a ship's deck.
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  • Logan Pearsall Smith
    “There is one thing that matters -- to set a chime of words tinkling in the minds of a few fastidious people.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. chimbe, prop., cymbal, OF. cymbe, cymble, in a dialectic form, chymble, F. cymbale, L. cymbalum, fr. Gr. ky`mbalon. See Cymbal
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Cog. with Dut. kim, Ger. kimme, edge.


In literature:

When a chiming dinner-gong summoned me downstairs, I found Vere awaiting me beside Phillida.
"The Thing from the Lake" by Eleanor M. Ingram
I chimed in, declaring that the happiness I gave was as nothing to what I received.
"The King's Mirror" by Anthony Hope
The door chime pinged solemnly.
"A Spaceship Named McGuire" by Gordon Randall Garrett
A clock, somewhere behind me, chimed.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
Christmas is again upon us, dear readers; we may almost hear the gathering chime of its happy bells upon the frosty air.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 6, No. 6, December 1864" by Various
We were awakened by the sonorous music of the Cathedral chimes.
"Explorers of the Dawn" by Mazo de la Roche
They had been together more than an hour, and in the near distance a clock began to chime.
"The Day of Judgment" by Joseph Hocking
Thy bitterness pleases me; it chimes in with my humour, and I should like to be better acquainted with thee.
"Faustus his Life, Death, and Doom" by Friedrich Maximilian von Klinger
Chimes, have mercy on her!
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
She started as the silver-chiming clock struck the quarter.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair

In poetry:

Together we crowed over
The show, we laughed in chime,
But now it tires and dazzles,
Thy lovely pantomime.
"The Eternal Infant" by Manmohan Ghose

The swan sings. From deep in the marshes,
its voice chimes sharp and clear
like the striking of copper cymbals.
"Passage" by Giovanni Pascoli
Thy mystery of melody
Was in your pulse of being:
Far heavenly chimings lit your eyes,
And song to you was seeing.
"Immortal Eve - IV" by Manmohan Ghose
"Another day, at vesper chime,
They laid him low to sleep,
And always at that fated hour
I kneel to pray and weep.
"The Vesper Chime" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
Then for her whose velvet vales
Should have pealed with welcome, Wales,
Let the chime of a rhyme
Utter Silver Jubilee.
"The Silver Jubilee" by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Where drowsy sound of college-chimes
Across the air is blown,
And drowsy fragrance of the limes,
I lie and dream alone.
"Cambridge in the Long" by Amy Levy

In news:

Kids chime in at courthouse.
Wind chime Polly Bobbing Head Wind Chime Is it a pheasant.
Chime in on the hottest topic west of 16th Street.
Community begins to chime in on comp plan revisions.
How can I silence my Mac's start-up chime .
The time of the second crash -- another moment of silence, two chimes and an essay reading.
It is Chime 's first acquisition in the United States.
Chime will pay $10 million for LNS, which has 30 employees and revenue estimated at $4.9 million from clients like Avici Systems, Enigma and Motorola.
Chime Communications Agrees to Purchase LNS.
Chime in as we sing away the recession.
NAACP President George Holland, Mrs Kathi Martin-Pinkard, Bishop Frank Pinkard Jr, Linda Charles, Chapel of the Chimes and Rick Miller, Chapel of the Chimes.
The little venue located on Chimes Street was bought out by new owner Dusty Cooper, Danny Moore (General Manager), and Josh McLin (Booking Manager).
Maxxyz Controls MAC Rig at Panyu Chime-Long Night Zoo.
Today BJ and Jamie got a bit descriptive about BJ's disgusting eating habits his girlfriend Lisa even called up to chime in.
It seems several of our blog topics right now are dealing with the 80s and, since I'm a fan, I thought I'd chime in.

In science:

Schr¨odinger picture and one supposed to chime with Einstein’s well-known demand for a real state for spatially separated systems ).
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
For a brief moment there was also only one variable galactic TeV source attributable to a neutron star binary, but very shortly after Aharonian et al. (2005) reported B1259-63 (which orbits a Be star), Albert et al. (2006) chimed in with LSI +61 303.
Astrophysics in 2006