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parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb, intransitive verb
Word Combinations (noun, verb), Homophone Note
part of speech: noun
definition 1: a loud ringing of bells, esp. bells of different tones.
At noon the peal of bells fills the square.
definition 2: a loud prolonged noise, as of thunder, laughter, or applause.
The cast was relieved to hear the audience burst into peals of laughter.
similar words:
definition 3: a tuned set of large bells.
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: peals, pealing, pealed
definition: to sound or announce, as by ringing of bells.
The church bells pealed a welcome to the visiting dignitaries.
similar words:
chime, ring, toll
part of speech: intransitive verb
definition: to make a loud, prolonged noise; resound; ring.
The bells pealed as the bride and groom emerged from the church.
similar words:
chime, clang, ring
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Homophone Note
Are you looking for the word peel (to pull or tear away)? Peal and peel sound alike but have different meanings.