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change of integrity
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change ringing definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: ringing tuned bells in a fixed order that is continually changing

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1872 the art or practice of ringing a set of tuned bells (as in the bell tower of a church) in continually varying order

Britannica Concise

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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Change Change, n. [F. change, fr. changer. See Change. v. t.] 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 seasons. Our fathers did for change to France repair. --Dryden. The ringing grooves of change. --Tennyson. 3. A passing from one phase to another; as, a change of the moon. 4. Alteration in the order of a series; permutation. 5. That which makes a variety, or may be substituted for another. 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. --Holder. 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 age. 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.


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