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peal

noun [C]     /piːl/
a long loud sound or series of sounds , especially of laughter or thunder : Her suggestion was met with peals of laughter . A loud peal of thunder woke him from restless sleep .Sounds made by objects, movement or impact a long loud ring : When we heard the peal of (the) bells , we knew a truce had been declared .Sounds made by objects, movement or impact
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