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[n] a percussion instrument consisting of vertical metal tubes of different lengths that are struck with a hammer
[v] of bells, chimes, and gongs


bell, gong

Misc. Definitions

\Chime\, n. [See {Chimb}.] See {Chine}, n.,
\Chime\, n. [OE. chimbe, prop., cymbal, OF. cymbe, cymble, in a dialectic form, chymble, F. cymbale, L. cymbalum, fr. Gr. ?. See {Cymbal}.]
1. The harmonious sound of bells, or of musical instruments. Instruments that made melodius chime. --Milton.
2. 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. --Shak.
3. Pleasing correspondence of proportion, relation, or sound. ``Chimes of verse.'' --Cowley.
\Chime\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Chimed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Chiming}.] [See {Chime}, n.]
1. To sound in harmonious accord, as bells.
2. To be in harmony; to agree; to suit; to harmonize; to correspond; to fall in with. Everything chimed in with such a humor. --W. irving.
3. To join in a conversation; to express assent; -- followed by in or in with. [Colloq.]
4. To make a rude correspondence of sounds; to jingle, as in rhyming. --Cowley
\Chime\, v. i.
1. 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. --Dryden.
2. To utter harmoniously; to recite rhythmically. Chime his childish verse. --Byron.

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