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chime1

[chahym] /tʃaɪm/
noun
1.
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.
2.
Often, chimes.
  1. a set of bells or of slabs of metal, stone, wood, etc., producing musical tones when struck.
  2. a musical instrument consisting of such a set, especially a glockenspiel.
  3. the musical tones thus produced.
  4. carillon.
3.
harmonious sound in general; music; melody.
4.
harmonious relation; accord:
the battling duo, in chime at last.
verb (used without object), chimed, chiming.
5.
to sound harmoniously or in chimes, as a set of bells:
The church bells chimed at noon.
6.
to produce a musical sound by striking a bell, gong, etc.; ring chimes:
The doorbell chimed.
7.
to speak in cadence or singsong.
8.
to harmonize; agree:
The scenery chimed perfectly with the play's eerie mood.
verb (used with object), chimed, chiming.
9.
to give forth (music, sound, etc.), as a bell or bells.
10.
to strike (a bell, set of bells, etc.) so as to produce musical sound.
11.
to put, bring, indicate, announce, etc., by chiming:
Bells chimed the hour.
12.
to utter or repeat in cadence or singsong:
The class chimed a greeting to the new teacher.
Verb phrases
13.
chime in,
  1. to break suddenly and unwelcomely into a conversation, as to express agreement or voice an opinion.
  2. to harmonize with, as in singing.
  3. to be consistent or compatible; agree:
    The new building will not chime in with the surrounding architecture.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English chymbe belle, by false analysis of *chimbel, Old English cimbal cymbal
Related forms
chimer, noun
unchiming, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for chime in

chime in

verb (intransitive, adverb) (informal)
1.
to join in or interrupt (a conversation), esp repeatedly and unwelcomely
2.
to voice agreement

chime1

/tʃaɪm/
noun
1.
an individual bell or the sound it makes when struck
2.
(often pl) 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
verb
6.
  1. to sound (a bell) or (of a bell) to be sounded by a clapper or hammer
  2. to produce (music or sounds) by chiming
7.
(transitive) to indicate or show (time or the hours) by chiming
8.
(transitive) to summon, announce, or welcome by ringing bells
9.
(intransitive) foll by with. to agree or harmonize
10.
to speak or recite in a musical or rhythmic manner
Derived Forms
chimer, noun
Word Origin
C13: probably shortened from earlier chymbe bell, ultimately from Latin cymbalumcymbal

chime2

/tʃaɪm/
noun
1.
the projecting edge or rim of a cask or barrel
Word Origin
Old English cimb-; related to Middle Low German kimme outer edge, Swedish kimb
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Word Origin and History for chime in

chime

n.

c.1300, chymbe "cymbal," from Old English cymbal, cimbal, also perhaps through Old French chimbe or directly from Latin cymbalum (see cymbal, the modern word for what this word originally meant). Evidently the word was misinterpreted as chymbe bellen (c.1300) and its sense shifted to "chime bells," a meaning attested from mid-15c.

v.

mid-14c., chyme, from chime (n.). Originally of metal, etc.; of voices from late 14c. To chime in originally was musical, "join harmoniously;" of conversation by 1838. Related: Chimed; chiming.

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Slang definitions & phrases for chime in

chime in

verb phrase
  1. To interrupt and intrude one's counsel; butt in, kibitz
  2. To offer comment: Chime in whenever you want (1840s+)

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Related Abbreviations for chime in

CHIME

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Idioms and Phrases with chime in

chime in

.
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.
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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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Encyclopedia Article for chime in

chime

any of several sets of tuned percussion instruments. Most frequently "chime" refers to the bell chime (q.v.), but it also denotes tubular bells (q.v.), or orchestral bells; the stone chimes (q.v.), or lithophone; drum chimes, sets of tuned drums found in Myanmar (Burma) and Thailand; and gong (q.v.) chimes, the sets of tuned gongs used in the gamelan orchestras of Southeast Asia.

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