peal




A peal is a loud or deep sound that is usually repeated. So, you may hear a peal of laughter or a peal of thunder, but you wouldn’t refer to a solitary scream as a peal.

You’ll often notice the regular, repeated peal of church bells — in fact, they sometimes peal on the hour. In the fourteenth century, a peal referred specifically to church bells, in fact. The word is a shortened version of appeal, from the idea that the bells “summon” or “call ” worshippers to the church. In contemporary times, peal is more often used to describe more commonly repeated sounds — like barking, laughter or thunder.

Definitions of peal
  1. noun

    a deep prolonged sound (as of thunder or large bells)

    synonyms:
    pealing, roll, rolling
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    type of:

    sound

    the sudden occurrence of an audible event

  2. verb

    ring recurrently

    “bells were
    pealing
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    type of:

    ring

    sound loudly and sonorously

  3. verb

    sound loudly and sonorously

    synonyms:
    ring
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    types:

    ding, dingdong, dong

    go `ding dong’, like a bell
    tintinnabulate

    ring or sound like a small bell
    knell

    ring as in announcing death
    type of:

    go, sound

    make a certain noise or sound

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