• WordNet 3.6
    • v peal sound loudly and sonorously "the bells rang"
    • v peal ring recurrently "bells were pealing"
    • n peal a deep prolonged sound (as of thunder or large bells)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Peal A loud sound, or a succession of loud sounds, as of bells, thunder, cannon, shouts, of a multitude, etc. "A fair peal of artillery.""Whether those peals of praise be his or no.""And a deep thunder, peal on peal , afar."
    • Peal A set of bells tuned to each other according to the diatonic scale; also, the changes rung on a set of bells.
    • n Peal pēl (Zoöl) A small salmon; a grilse; a sewin.
    • v. i Peal To appeal.
    • Peal To assail with noise or loud sounds. "Nor was his ear less pealed ."
    • Peal To pour out.
    • Peal To resound; to echo. "And the whole air pealed With the cheers of our men ."
    • Peal To utter or give forth loudly; to cause to give out loud sounds; to noise abroad. "The warrior's name,
      Though pealed and chimed on all the tongues of fame."
    • Peal To utter or give out loud sounds. "There let the pealing organ blow."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n peal A loud sound, or a succession of loud sounds, as of bells, thunder, cannon, shouts of a multitude, etc.
    • n peal A set of bells tuned to one another; a chime or carillon; a ring. The number of bells varies widely; they are usually arranged in diatonic order, so as to afford opportunity for playing melodies. See carillon,1.
    • n peal A musical phrase or figure played on a set of bells, properly a scale or part of a scale played up or down, but also applied to any melodic figure; a change.
    • peal To sound loudly; resound: as, the pealing organ.
    • peal To assail with noise.
    • peal To utter loudly and sonorously; cause to ring or sound; celebrate.
    • peal To stir or agitate.
    • peal To appeal.
    • n peal Appeal; plaint; accusation.
    • n peal See peel.
    • peal An obsolete variant of pile.
    • n peal A name used in England for different species of the genus Salmo, as S. salar, the salmon, or S. cambricus, a trout found in England, Ireland, and Norway. The latter is also called sewin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Peal pēl a loud sound: a number of loud sounds one after another: a set of bells tuned to each other: a chime or carillon: the changes rung upon a set of bells
    • v.i Peal to resound like a bell: to utter or give forth loud or solemn sounds
    • v.t Peal to cause to sound loudly: to assail with noise: to celebrate
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
An abbrev. of F. appel, a call, appeal, ruffle of a drum, fr. appeller, to call, L. appellare,. See Appeal


In literature:

Above the masculine guffaws rang a girlish peal like shaken bells.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
A rattling thunder peal crossed the sky.
"True to His Home" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Peals of mirth from the cove reached his ears.
"Jim Spurling, Fisherman" by Albert Walter Tolman
It was a merry peal without malice or guile.
"Hester's Counterpart" by Jean K. Baird
Then they would all peal forth together on ten different keys.
"When Life Was Young" by C. A. Stephens
A merry peal of ill-suppressed laughter came from the road-side as he rolled into view.
"The Dodge Club" by James De Mille
Presently the sky was illumined with a vivid flash, and peal upon peal of thunder followed in rapid succession.
"Seven and Nine years Among the Camanches and Apaches" by Edwin Eastman
The heavens were lighted up with continual flashes, and peal after peal of thunder rolled.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
At the end of the third verse, populace and masters burst into peals of laughter.
"The Wagnerian Romances" by Gertrude Hall
Then a bugle pealed on the air, though still Hal's comrades in the squad room slumbered on.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock

In poetry:

O pealing bells! O pealing bells!
With pity, grief, and horror swells
My heart, when pealing from afar
I hear the tocsin bell of war,
And carnage fell.
"Bells" by Janet Hamilton
The hope of France,—the “gilded youth,”—
So answering the trumpet’s peal
As if revealing how, in sooth,
The gilding oft o’erlies the steel.
"Ave Caesar! Morituri Te Salutant" by Mary Hannay Foott
Toil on, and in thy toil rejoice:
For toil comes rest, for exile home;
Soon shalt thou hear the Bridegroom's voice,
The midnight peal, "Behold, I come!"
"Zeal In Labor" by Horatius Bonar
Albeit nor now, before, nor after,
Mine eyes beheld the boy,
When he so pealed with innocent laughter,
Methought my own, my joy,
Awhile with me did toy.
"Magic-Lantern" by Roden Berkeley Wriothesley Noel
They are the cooling torrents that dash,
When the thunder peal is rolling above,—
That quench the lightnings angry flash,
As tears the heavenly mercy move.
"Tears" by Mary Anne Browne
The sympathetick chord she feels
Soft thrilling in her soul;
And, as the sweet vibration steals
Through every vein, in tender peals
She seems to hear it roll.
"Myrtilla" by Washington Allston

In news:

Peals of timeless young laughter came from the basketball court at Chelsea Piers yesterday afternoon: the Harlem Globetrotters were up to their old tricks.
Daron Peal looks on while Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Daniel Knight displays evidence during the Tony Lewis trial Friday.
The sound of pealing church bells shortly after noon today will symbolize a historic link between Fulton and London.
There's nothing fake about K- Rino — all of this Southside rapper's street tales positively peal with hard-earned authenticity.
Scott and his roommates were lost in peals of laughter, sharing a bag of jalapeno kettle chips.
Winn Dixie butter $1.99 2lb Easy peal shrimp $9.98 for 2 lb bag.
The man has been identified as 72 year old Johnie Lee Peal.
WAYNE PEAL Livingston County Daily Press & Argus ( Howell ).
Cincinnati is seeking $70 million to revamp Nippert Stadium, Cliff Peale writes in the Cincinnati Enquirer.
It's a pensive contemporary R&B ballad, with rumbling beats, pealing organs, and, of course, T- Pain 's Auto-Tuned lover-man vocals.
Rihanna and the cast of Battleship sailed into Peal Harbor for a photocall at the Battleship Missouri Memorial, Hawaii on Saturday.
Peals of laughter filled the room as clouds of flour settled on the stainless steel tables, surrounded by a bevy of giggling 6-year old little girls.
Text by Julie Vosburgh Agnone Art by Charles Peale.
Peal and grate potatoes .
After a portrait by Rembrandt Peale (1778-1860).

In science:

First, the tidal dissipation parameter Qp for the planet is usually based on model-dependent estimates based on the tidal evolution of the Jovian satellite system (Yoder & Peale (1981)) or on physical theories of tidal dissipation (Goldreich & Nicholson (1977); Ogilvie & Lin (2004)).
Tidal Evolution of Close-in Extra-Solar Planets
By tracking changes in a due to tides raised on the planet throughout the process of tidal circularization, we can estimate the tidal heating rate over the whole lifetime of the planet (Peale et al. (1979)).
Tidal Evolution of Close-in Extra-Solar Planets
This Qp is in good agreement with other constraints (Yoder & Peale (1981); Ogilvie & Lin (2004)), and this Q∗ agrees well with studies of binary star circularization (Mathieu (1994)).
Tidal Evolution of Close-in Extra-Solar Planets
This mechanism naturally leads to the formation of resonant gas giants (Lee & Peale 2002) and coplanarity between the planets’ orbits and their natal disks.
On the Survivability and Metamorphism of Tidally Disrupted Giant Planets: the Role of Dense Cores
This theory has been applied successfully to planet-satellite systems (e.g., Goldreich & Peale 1968), and can also be used to describe binaries of low-mass (late-type) stars if appropriate turbulent viscosity due to convective eddies is used (Zahn 1977; Goodman & Oh 1997).
Dynamical Tides in Rotating Binary Stars