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Major

This describes a method rung on 8 bells.


Making seconds

This is when a bell makes two blows in seconds place.  A common example would be in plain bob doubles, a bell leads for two blows (hand and back), makes secones (hand and back in seconds place, over the treble), then leads again for two blows (hand and back).



Marlin spike

A tool used in rope work. Shaped in the form of a polished metal cone, and tapered to either a round or flattened point, it is used for opening up the stranes when splicing or untying knots.

Its function is similar to that of a fid


Maximus

A method rung on 12 bells.


Method

This is the name ringers give to a sequence of changes which are learned via a pattern or series of rules, rather than called changes where the ringers wait for a conductor to call them to change places one at a time.


Minor

The term used to describe a method rung on 6 bells.


Muffle

A pad which is usually made of leather. This is fitted to a clapper to muffle the sound when it strikes the bell.