A carillon-like instrument with fewer than 23 bells is called a chime.

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  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 its 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.

Noun (etymology 2)

  1. A chine; the edge of a cask.


  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 cause to sound in harmony; to play a tune, as upon a set of bells; to move or strike in harmony.
  3. To utter harmoniously; to recite rhythmically.
  4. To agree; to correspond.
    The other lab's results chimed with mine, so I knew we were on the right track with the research.
  5. To make a rude correspondence of sounds; to jingle, as in rhyming.

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