Meaning of peal

peal

Pronunciation: (pēl), [key]
— n.
  1. a loud, prolonged ringing of bells.
  2. a set of bells tuned to one another.
  3. a series of changes rung on a set of bells.
  4. any loud, sustained sound or series of sounds, as of cannon, thunder, applause, or laughter.
—v.t.
  1. to sound loudly and sonorously: to peal the bells of a tower.
  2. to assail with loud sounds.
—v.i.
  1. to sound forth in a peal; resound.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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