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Glossary of ringing terms – I

Last updated on: 05-December-2016

Words or phrases underlined are defined within the glossary. Where it assists with clarity, a definition is annotated to indicate a part of speech. (n) = noun, (vb) = verb, (adj) = adjective, (adv) = adverb. Section references refer to sections within The Tower Handbook.  

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Abbreviation for In, a calling position
Ilkeston variation
An arrangement for splicing Kent and Oxford Treble Bob Major in which the tenors are kept out of the slow by splicing in Oxford, but otherwise ringing Kent. Bobs may be used at M, W and H. See also: Cam, Granta, Killamarsh, Liversedge and Worcester.
Obsolete class of plain method in which adjacent pairs of places aremade wrong.
(1) - (generally) Moving towards the front of the row, ie opposite to out, eg 'Run in', 'keep in' (= opposite of 'keep off')
(2) - A calling position when the Tenor runs in. (But where the Tenorruns out is called before.)
(3) - A suffix used to create the name of even stages above Maximus (12), (eg 14-in). During the period when most stage names emerged, methods were never rung on more than twelve bells, hence there are no specific names. Names for odd stages follow a pattern and can be extrapolated, eg Sextuples = 13, Septuples = 15.
In and out
(1) A pair of calls to be made either in and out of the slow (eg in Kent)
(2) Calls with the observation bell going into the hunt and coming out of the hunt at the next lead (eg Grandsire).
In and out at ..2,3,etc
As the second meaning above, but coming out of the hunt after 2, 3, etc leads.
In course
(1) (of a row, or sequence of rows) One that could be returned to rounds by swapping an even number of pairs of bells (including swapping none).
(2) (of a course) One whose coursing order could be returned to that of a plain course by swapping an even number of pairs of bells (including swapping none).
In front of
Striking immediately before.
In hand
Rung on handbells
In quick
Hunt to lead without making a place, especially in Stedman. See figure 15.2-7.
Independent crown staple
Staple bolted through the crown of the bell, fitted with clapper pin about which the clapper pivots.
Words or symbols cast onto the surface of a bell,
Inscription band
The strip around the bell, immediately below the shoulder and delineated by parallel lines, where inscriptions are normally placed.
Inside (bell)
A working bell other than the treble that therefore does all thework of the method. In a twin hunt method, the second hunt bell is an inside bell because it is affected in a touch, but if only ringing a plain course it would not be considered an inside bell.
In slow
Hunt onto the front making a place (normally thirds) on the way, eg Stedman. See figure 15.2-7, also out slow
Internal place 
Place made other than at lead or lie
See Crossovers.
Intermediate room
Room between ringing chamber and bell chamber that helps reduce and balance the internal sound of the bells.
Internal falseness
Falseness not detectable by checking the lead heads, ie the possibility of a row appearing somewhere else between lead head and lead end in another lead.
In the hunt
Doing the work of the second hunt bell, eg in Grandsire.
Into the hunt
(At a call), commence doing the work of the second hunt bell, eg as in Grandsire.
In the slow
Currently doing the work designated as 'slow work', eg on the front in Kent or Stedman.
In the ** (position)
where ** is Tittums, Handstroke, Backstroke, etc,. Courses with a coursing order where the back bells are in the Tittums, Handstroke, Back stoke, etc.
Irish Bell News
Quarterly journal of the Irish Association of Change Ringers (1952 - present).
Irregular method
Any method other than a regular method, ie one that does not have the same lead ends as Plain Bob. Obsolete term.
Abbreviation for Fourths, calling position
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