chime


chime
1. noun /ˈtʃaɪm/
a) 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.

b) An individual ringing component of such a set.

Hugo was a chime player in the school orchestra.

2. verb /ˈtʃaɪm/
a) 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.


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