• (British) IPA: /ˈtʃaɪm/

chime (plural chimes)

  1. (musical instruments) A musical instrument producing a sound when struck, similar to a bell (e.g. a tubular metal bar) or actually a bell. Often used in the plural to refer to the set: the chimes.
    Sylvia had a recording of someone playing the chimes against a background of surf noise that she found calming.
    Hugo was a chime player in the school orchestra.
  2. An individual ringing component of such a set.
    Peter removed the C♯ chime from its mounting so that he could get at the dust that had accumulated underneath.
  3. A small bell or other ringing or tone-making device as a component of some other device.
    The professor had stuffed a wad of gum into the chime of his doorbell so that he wouldn't be bothered.
  4. The sound of such an instrument or device.
    The copier gave a chime to indicate that it had finished printing.
  5. A small hammer or other device used to strike a bell.
    Strike the bell with the brass chime hanging on the chain next to it.
Synonyms Translations Translations
  • Russian: колоко́льчик
  • Russian: колоко́льчик
  • Spanish: campanilla
  • Russian: звон
  • Russian: молото́к

chime (chimes, present participle chiming; past and past participle chimed)

  1. (intransitive) To make the sound of a chime.
    The microwave chimed to indicate that it was done cooking.
    I got up for lunch as soon as the wall clock began chiming noon.
  2. (transitive) 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.
  3. (transitive) To utter harmoniously; to recite rhythmically.
    • Chime his childish verse.
  4. (intransitive) To agree; to correspond.
    The other lab's results chimed with mine, so I knew we were on the right track with the research.
    • Everything chimed in with such a humor.
  5. To make a rude correspondence of sounds; to jingle, as in rhyming.
Translations Translations Noun

chime (plural chimes)

  1. Alternative form of chine#English|chine (“edge of a cask; part of a ship; etc.”)

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