1. A ringing of a set of bells, especially a change or set of changes rung on bells.
2. A set of bells tuned to each other; a chime.
3. A loud burst of noise: peals of laughter.
v. pealed, peal·ing, peals
To sound in a peal; ring.
To cause to peal.
[Middle English pele, a bell peal, especially as a summons to church, short for apel, appeal; see APPEAL.]
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