October 25, 2022

Tintinnabulation / noun / tin·tin·nab·u·la·tion

Tintinnabulation is a rare but fascinating phenomenon that occurs when sound waves are transmitted through the air and produce an audible effect. This happens when two or more discontinuous sounds combine together in such a way that they create an unexpected noise that is akin to a ringing bell.

Objects with rough surfaces can cause this, like glass windows or eardrums, to resonate at different frequencies. When these signals mix, it creates the characteristic "ting" sound that is heard every time someone stealthily picks their pocket! The words tickling and tingling have similar meanings.

In a Sentence

I couldn't help but tap my foot to the rhythm of the weird noise coming from Jane's room – it sounded like she was playing some kind of tintinnabulation music!

I could hear her chime in the distance all night long, causing me to get an impromptu case of tintinnabulation.

My teacher made so much noise with her things in her bag; I thought she would tintinnabulate my eardrums!


The word "tintinnabulation" is derived from the Latin words "tinctorius," meaning              "Tinctorius of Arras,” and "-nabulation," meaning "a shaking or jingling."


Tickling, Tingling


Whistling, Hissing


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