a loud, prolonged ringing of bells.
a set of bells tuned to one another.
a series of changes rung on a set of bells.
any loud, sustained sound or series of sounds, as of cannon, thunder, applause, or laughter.
verb (used with object)
to sound loudly and sonorously: to peal the bells of a tower.
Obsolete. to assail with loud sounds.
verb (used without object)
to sound forth in a peal; resound.

1350–1400; Middle English pele, akin to peal to beat, strike (now dial.)

interpeal, verb (used with object)
unpealed, adjective

peal, peel (see synonym study at peel).

4. reverberation, resounding, clangor. Unabridged
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peal1 (piːl)
1.  a loud prolonged usually reverberating sound, as of bells, thunder, or laughter
2.  bell-ringing a series of changes rung in accordance with specific rules, consisting of not fewer than 5000 permutations in a ring of eight bells
3.  (not in technical usage) the set of bells in a belfry
4.  (intr) to sound with a peal or peals
5.  (tr) to give forth loudly and sonorously
6.  (tr) to ring (bells) in peals
[C14 pele, variant of apeleappeal]

peal2 (piːl)
a dialect name for a grilse or a young sea trout

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Word Origin & History

late 14c., generally considered a shortened form of appeal, with the notion of a bell that "summons" people to church. This is not entirely convincing, but no better theory has been put forth. Extended sense of "loud ringing of bells" is first recorded 1510s. The verb is 1630s, from the noun.
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Example sentences
Mostly they provide open space where his guitar can wrangle or snarl or peal.
At this point the call is interrupted by a peal of derisive, incredulous laughter, followed by a click.
Peal's sentence will be followed by supervised release for life.
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