chime in


1 [chahym]
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.
Often, chimes.
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, chiming.
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, chiming.
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.
Verb phrases
chime in,
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.

1250–1300; Middle English chymbe belle, by false analysis of *chimbel, Old English cimbal cymbal

chimer, noun
unchiming, adjective Unabridged
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chime1 (tʃaɪm)
1.  an individual bell or the sound it makes when struck
2.  (often plural) the machinery employed to sound a bell in this way
3.  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
4.  a harmonious or ringing sound: the chimes of children's laughter
5.  agreement; concord
vb (foll by with)
6.  a.  to sound (a bell) or (of a bell) to be sounded by a clapper or hammer
 b.  to produce (music or sounds) by chiming
7.  (tr) to indicate or show (time or the hours) by chiming
8.  (tr) to summon, announce, or welcome by ringing bells
9.  to agree or harmonize
10.  to speak or recite in a musical or rhythmic manner
[C13: probably shortened from earlier chymbe bell, ultimately from Latin cymbalumcymbal]

chime, chimb or chine2 (tʃaɪm, tʃaɪn)
the projecting edge or rim of a cask or barrel
[Old English cimb-; related to Middle Low German kimme outer edge, Swedish kimb]
chimb, chimb or chine2
[Old English cimb-; related to Middle Low German kimme outer edge, Swedish kimb]
chine, chimb or chine2
[Old English cimb-; related to Middle Low German kimme outer edge, Swedish kimb]

chime in
1.  to join in or interrupt (a conversation), esp repeatedly and unwelcomely
2.  to voice agreement

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Word Origin & History

c.1300, from L. cymbalum (see cymbal, which is what the word originally meant), perhaps through O.Fr. chimbe or directly from L. as O.E. cimbal, either one likely misinterpreted as chymbe bellen "chime bells."
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Idioms & Phrases

chime in

  1. Join in harmoniously or in unison, either literally (with music) or figuratively (joining a conversation to express agreement). For example, In this passage I want the altos to chime in with the tenors, or When Mary agreed, her sister chimed in that she'd join her. The literal usage was first recorded in 1681, the figurative in 1838.

  2. chime in with. Be in agreement or compatible with, as in His views chime in with the paper's editorial stance. [Early 1700s]

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