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change ringing Explained

change ringing at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Custom of ringing tower or hand bells in a succession of different orders, dating to the 10th cent. Control of bell ringing was much enhanced with the invention of the bell wheel in the 14th cent.; further improvements in bearings and fittings allowed the bells to swing at the same speed, and led to recognizably modern change ringing by the 17th cent. A "ring" (set) of six bells can be tolled in 720 different "changes" (orders); eight bells allow 40,320 different changes, and 10 bells allow over 3 million. In practice, only a selection of the possible changes is rung, derived by a "method" (a shuffling algorithm), usually involving switching pairs of bells in a certain order (e.g., 123456 becomes 214365, which can then become 241635, etc.). "Rounds"--all the bells in order from highest to lowest--is rung before and after a method is completed.

Change ringing at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Change \Change\, n. [F. change, fr. changer. See {Change}. v.
1. Any variation or alteration; a passing from one state or
form to another; as, a change of countenance; a change of
habits or principles.

Apprehensions of a change of dynasty. --Hallam.

All the days of my appointed time will I wait, till
my change come. --Job xiv. 14.

2. A succesion or substitution of one thing in the place of
another; a difference; novelty; variety; as, a change of

Our fathers did for change to France repair.

The ringing grooves of change. --Tennyson.

3. A passing from one phase to another; as, a change of the

4. Alteration in the order of a series; permutation.

5. That which makes a variety, or may be substituted for

Thirty change (R.V. changes) of garments. --Judg.
xiv. 12.

6. Small money; the money by means of which the larger coins
and bank bills are made available in small dealings;
hence, the balance returned when payment is tendered by a
coin or note exceeding the sum due.

7. [See {Exchange}.] A place where merchants and others meet
to transact business; a building appropriated for
mercantile transactions. [Colloq. for Exchange.]

8. A public house; an alehouse. [Scot.]

They call an alehouse a change. --Burt.

9. (Mus.) Any order in which a number of bells are struck,
other than that of the diatonic scale.

Four bells admit twenty-four changes in ringing.

{Change of life}, the period in the life of a woman when
menstruation and the capacity for conception cease,
usually occurring between forty-five and fifty years of

{Change ringing}, the continual production, without
repetition, of changes on bells, See def. 9. above.

{Change wheel} (Mech.), one of a set of wheels of different
sizes and number of teeth, that may be changed or
substituted one for another in machinery, to produce a
different but definite rate of angular velocity in an
axis, as in cutting screws, gear, etc.

{To ring the changes on}, to present the same facts or
arguments in variety of ways.

Syn: Variety; variation; alteration; mutation; transition;
vicissitude; innovation; novelty; transmutation;
revolution; reverse.

change ringing at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

change ringing
n : ringing tuned bells in a fixed order that is continually