It took a moment for the audience to understand the joke, and then a chorus of laughter pealed out and filled the room. Currently, for a performance to be recognised as a peal by the Central Council for Church Bell Ringers it must consist of at least 5,040 changes on seven working bells, or a minimum of 5,000 on higher numbers of bells, meet a number of other criteria, and be published in The Ringing World. Related to this meaning is the practice of raising or lowering in peal, that is making the bells ready for change ringing by gradually increasing their swing until each bell is turning through a full circle, and then once ringing has finished returning them to their safe resting position by gradually reducing the amount of swing. Method Ringing peals today usually consist of between 5000-5280 changes, or permutations. The original meaning is still in use today in call-change ringing. Originally a peal referred to a set sequence of changes of any length, now more often referred to as a touch.
History and Etymology for peel Verb and Noun 1 Middle English pelen, from Anglo-French peler, from Latin pilare to remove the hair from, from pilus hair Noun 2 Middle English pele, from Anglo-French, from Latin pala Noun 3 Middle English Scots pel, from Middle English, stockade, stake, from Anglo-French, stake, from Latin palus — more at. Search peal of laughter and thousands of other words in English Cobuild dictionary from Reverso. On five bells Doubles , there are 120 permutations taking about four minutes to ring on tower bells. Thunder pealed through the valley. Chambers 20th Century Dictionary 0. The most famous and frequently rung call change peal, associated with the Devon Association of ringers, is named 60 on 3rds.
My heart felt full to bursting as I watched our wedding guests take their seats with the sun shining and the church bells pealing out. Examples: peal of artillery; of bells, 1511; of guns, 1515; of laughter, 1711; of musket, 1855; of ordnance, 1577; of praise, 1596; of thunder, 1649; of vultures, 1670; of war, 1535; of words, 1671. Link to this page: Fire-flies hung in bright clusters on the dewy leaves, that waved in the cool night-wind; and the flowers stood gazing, in very wonder, at the little Elves, who lay among the fern-leaves, swung in the vine-boughs, sailed on the lake in lily cups, or danced on the mossy ground, to the music of the hare-bells, who rung out their merriest peal in honor of the night. These figures rapidly increase as more bells are added. These involve ringing for far longer than an ordinary peal, up to 17 hours. The opposite process is lowering in peal, where the swing of the bells is gradually checked until they are at rest, again keeping the bells ringing in order throughout.
On seven or more bells they must be rung without repetition of any of the changes. You can complete the definition of peal of given by the English Definition dictionary with other English dictionaries: Wikipedia, Lexilogos, Oxford, Cambridge, Chambers Harrap, Wordreference, Collins Lexibase dictionaries, Merriam Webster. Peals can take anywhere from one and a half to over four hours to ring, depending on the weight of the bells, and whether or tower bells are being rung. To sing, chime, or otherwise make noise in a loud, clear, and vibrant manner. One challenge to ringers is to ring 'the extent', which on eight bells is 40320 changes.
Another area of peal ringing is that of long length peals. Many peals are also recorded on peal boards attached to the walls of the ringing rooms in the towers where they took place, and in the peal books of local change-ringing associations. A set of bells is sometimes called a peal of bells, but ringers usually prefer the name a ring of bells. Search peal of and thousands of other words in English definition and synonym dictionary from Reverso. Raising in peal refers to the process where a band of ringers increase the swing of a set of tower bells from rest to a full circle ringing position while keeping them ringing in the same order.
. The last time this was rung on tower bells, it took 17 hours. They are considered to be both a physical and a mental challenge, in that concentration has to be maintained for a long period of time, and each individual ringer has to ring their bell without a break. The precise definition of a peal has changed considerably over the years. You can complete the definition of peal of laughter given by the English Cobuild dictionary with other English dictionaries : Wikipedia, Lexilogos, Oxford, Cambridge, Chambers Harrap, Wordreference, Collins Lexibase dictionaries, Merriam Webster. The difficulties of ringing ordinary peals are magnified in these performances, as are the difficulties of composing them. .
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