AskDefine | Define chime

Dictionary Definition

chime n : a percussion instrument consisting of vertical metal tubes of different lengths that are struck with a hammer [syn: bell, gong] v : emit a sound; "bells and gongs chimed"

User Contributed Dictionary



From cymbalum (maybe via chimbe).



  1. 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.
    Hugo was a chime player in the school orchestra.
  2. An individual ringing component of such a set.
    Peter removed the C# chime from is mounting so that he could get at the dust that had accumulated underneath.
  3. A small bell or other ringing or tone-making device as a component of some other device.
    The professor had stuffed a wad of gum into the chime of his doorbell so that he wouldn't be bothered.
  4. The sound of such an instrument or device.
    The copier gave a chime to indicate that it had finished printing.
  5. A small hammer or other device used to strike a bell.
    Strike the bell with the brass chime hanging on the chain next to it.

Derived terms


musical instrument
individual component thereof
ringing or tone making component of a device
sound made by a chime
hammer or device to strike a bell


  1. 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.
  2. To agree; to correspond.
    The other lab's results chimed with mine, so I knew we were on the right track with the research.


Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Chime may be:
A musical instrument or tone:
  • Chime (bell instrument), an array of large bells, typically housed in a tower and played from a keyboard. (An instrument of this kind with 23 bells or more is known as a carillon.)
  • the plural "chimes" can refer to:
    • Tubular bells or chimes, a percussion instrument struck with hammers
    • Wind chimes or Aeolian chimes, suspended bells sounded when blown together by the wind
  • Warning chime, a sound used in machinery or computers to alert or remind users of a dangerous condition
  • Chime (Macintosh), the sound a Macintosh computer makes on startup
Chime may also refer to:
  • MDL Chime, a plugin used by web browsers to display the 3D structure of molecules
  • Chime (tank), the flat plate at the bottom of a welded vertical oil storage tank (in cases where the bottom of the tank slopes either to or away from the centre, the zero level is measured at the chime, according to American Petroleum Institute standard API 650.)
  • Chime hoops, the iron hoops nearest the end of a wooden barrel (Bilge hoops are the hoops nearest the bulge, or centre.)
  • The Chimes, an 1844 novella by Charles Dickens
  • Chime (song), a 1989 song by Orbital (band)
CHIME may refer to:
chime in Czech: Zvonkohra

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