I. noun Etymology: Middle English, appeal, summons to church, short for appel appeal, from appelen to appeal Date: 14th century 1. a. the loud ringing of bells b. a complete set of changes on a given number of bells c. a set of bells tuned to the tones of the major scale for change ringing 2. a loud sound or succession of sounds <
peals of laughter
II. verb Date: 1631 intransitive verb to give out peals transitive verb to utter or give forth loudly

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  • Peal — Peal, n. [An abbrev. of F. appel a call, appeal, ruffle of a drum, fr. appeller to call, L. appellare. See {Appeal}.] 1. A loud sound, or a succession of loud sounds, as of bells, thunder, cannon, shouts, of a multitude, etc. A fair peal of… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Peal — Peal, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Pealed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Pealing}.] 1. To utter or give out loud sounds. [1913 Webster] There let the pealing organ blow. Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. To resound; to echo. [1913 Webster] And the whole air pealed With the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Peal — Peal, v. t. 1. To utter or give forth loudly; to cause to give out loud sounds; to noise abroad. [1913 Webster] The warrior s name, Though pealed and chimed on all the tongues of fame. J. Barlow. [1913 Webster] 2. To assail with noise or loud… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Peal — Peal, n. [Etymol. uncertain.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small salmon; a grilse; a sewin. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Peal — Peal, v. i. To appeal. [Obs.] Spencer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • peal — [n] chime, clang blast, carillon, clamor, clap, crash, resounding, reverberation, ring, ringing, roar, rumble, sound, thunder, tintinnabulation*; concept 595 peal [v] chime, clang bell, bong, crack, crash, knell, resonate, resound, reverberate,… …   New thesaurus

  • peal — ► NOUN 1) a loud or prolonged ringing of a bell or bells. 2) a loud repeated or reverberating sound of thunder or laughter. 3) a set of bells. ► VERB ▪ ring or resound in a peal. ORIGIN shortening of APPEAL(Cf. ↑appeal …   English terms dictionary

  • peal — [pēl] n. [ME pele, aphetic for apele,APPEAL] 1. the loud ringing of a bell or set of bells 2. a) a set of tuned bells; chimes; carillon b) the ringing of changes on such a set of bells 3. any loud, prolonged sound, as of gunfire, thunder,… …   English World dictionary

  • peal — (n.) late 14c., generally considered a shortened form of APPEAL (Cf. 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… …   Etymology dictionary

  • peal — s. m. 1. Escarpim. 2.  [Portugal: Trás os Montes] Presilha que liga à planta do pé a meia que só cobre a perna desde o joelho ao tornozelo …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • peal — sustantivo masculino 1. Uso/registro: restringido. Parte de la media que cubre el pie. 2. Uso/registro: restringido. Media sin pie que se sujeta a éste con una tira. 3. Origen …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

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