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Noun, Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive)


Noun peal has 1 sense

Verb peal has 2 senses


pealn. [Etymol. uncertain.].
     A small salmon; a grilse; a sewin.  [1913 Webster]
pealv. i. 
     To appeal.  Spencer.  [1913 Webster]
pealn. [An abbrev. of F. appel a call, appeal, ruffle of a drum, fr. appeller to call, L. appellare. See Appeal.].
  •  A loud sound, or a succession of loud sounds, as of bells, thunder, cannon, shouts, of a multitude, etc.  Hayward.  [1913 Webster]
    "Whether those peals of praise be his or no."  [1913 Webster]
    "And a deep thunder, peal on peal, afar."  [1913 Webster]
  •  A set of bells tuned to each other according to the diatonic scale; also, the changes rung on a set of bells.  [1913 Webster]
To ring a peal. See under Ring.
pealv. i. 
  •  To utter or give out loud sounds.  [1913 Webster]
    "There let the pealing organ blow."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To resound; to echo.  [1913 Webster]
    "And the whole air pealed
    With the cheers of our men.
    "  [1913 Webster]
pealv. t. 
  •  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.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  To assail with noise or loud sounds.  [1913 Webster]
    "Nor was his ear less pealed."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To pour out.  Halliwell.  [1913 Webster]


peal, n. & v.
1 a the loud ringing of a bell or bells, esp. a series of changes. b a set of bells.
2 a loud repeated sound, esp. of thunder, laughter, etc.
1 intr. sound forth in a peal.
2 tr. utter sonorously.
3 tr. ring (bells) in peals.

peal, n. a salmon grilse.

16th c.: orig. unkn.



awake the dead, bay, beep, bell, blare, blast, blast the ear, blat, blow, blow the horn, bong, boom, booming, bray, bugle, cannonade, carillon, change ringing, chime, chiming, chink, clamor, clang, clanging, clangor, clank, clanking, clap, clarion, clink, crash, crescendo, deafen, din, ding, ding-a-ling, dingdong, dinging, dingle, dong, donging, fanfare, fill the air, flourish of trumpets, gong, growl, grumble, honk, jangle, jingle, jingle-jangle, jinglejangle, jingling, knell, knelling, peal ringing, pealing, pipe, rattle the windows, rend the air, rend the ears, resonate, resound, reverberate, reverberation, ring, ring changes, ringing, rise, roar, rock the sky, roll, rumble, shriek, sound, sound a knell, sound a tattoo, sound taps, split the eardrums, split the ears, squeal, startle the echoes, stun, surge, swell, tantara, tantarara, taps, tarantara, tattoo, thunder, ting, ting-a-ling, tingle, tingling, tink, tinkle, tinkling, tinnitus, tintinnabulate, toll, tolling, toot, tootle, trumpet, trumpet blast, trumpet call, tweedle, whistle, wind




N loudness, power, loud noise, din, blare, clang, clangor, clatter, noise, bombilation, roar, uproar, racket, hubbub, bobbery, fracas, charivari, trumpet blast, flourish of trumpets, fanfare, tintamarre, peal, swell, blast, larum, boom, bang (explosion), resonance, vociferation, hullabaloo, lungs, Stentor, artillery, cannon, thunder, loud, sonorous, high-sounding, big-sounding, deep, full, powerful, noisy, blatant, clangorous, multisonous, thundering, deafening, trumpet-tongued, ear-splitting, ear-rending, ear-deafening, piercing, obstreperous, rackety, uproarious, enough to wake the dead, enough to wake seven sleepers, shrill &c 410 clamorous stentorian, stentorophonic, loudly, aloud, at the top of one's voice, at the top of one's lungs, lustily, in full cry, the air rings with, the deep dread-bolted thunder.

VB be loud, peal, swell, clang, boom, thunder, blare, fulminate, roar, resound, speak up, shout, bellow, rend the air, rend the skies, fill the air, din in the ear, ring in the ear, thunder in the ear, pierce the ears, split the ears, rend the ears, split the head, deafen, stun, faire le diable a quatre, make one's windows shake, rattle the windows, awaken the echoes, startle the echoes, wake the dead.


VB roll, drum, rumble, rattle, clatter, patter, clack, bombinate, hum, trill, shake, chime, peal, toll, tick, beat, drum in the ear, din in the ear.

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