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Topic: COLOURS AND SOUNDS

Date: 1300-1400
Origin: appeal

peal

1 noun
     
peal1 [countable]
1CDN a sudden loud sound of laughter
peal of
We could hear peals of laughter coming from the hall.
2 a loud sound of thunder [= clap]
peal of
A loud peal of thunder crashed directly overhead.
3CRR the loud ringing sound made by a bell:
A sudden peal of bells broke the silence.
4 technical a musical pattern made by ringing a number of bells one after the other
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