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bell

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noun \ˈbel\

Definition of bell

  1. 1 a :  a hollow metallic device that gives off a reverberating sound when struck b :  doorbell

  2. 2 a :  the sounding of a bell as a signal b :  a stroke of a bell (as on shipboard) to indicate the time; also :  the time so indicated c :  a half hour period of a watch on shipboard indicated by the strokes of a bell — see ship's bells table below

  3. 3 :  something having the form of a bell: as a :  the corolla of a flower b :  a bell-shaped organ or part (as the umbrella of a jellyfish or the dewlap of a moose) c :  the part of the capital of a column between the abacus and neck molding d :  the flared end of a wind instrument

  4. 4 a :  a percussion instrument consisting of metal bars or tubes that when struck give out tones resembling bells —usually used in plural b :  glockenspiel



Origin of bell

Middle English belle, from Old English; perhaps akin to Old English bellan to roar — more at bellow


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with bell


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bell

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Definition of bell

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to provide with a bell

  3. 2 :  to flare the end of (as a tube) into the shape of a bell

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to take the form of a bell :  flare

bell the cat
  1. :  to do a daring or risky deed



14th Century

First Known Use of bell

14th century


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bell

verb

Definition of bell

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to make a resonant bellowing or baying sound <the wild buck bells from ferny brake — Sir Walter Scott>



Origin of bell

Middle English, from Old English bellan


First Known Use: before 12th century


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bell

noun

Definition of bell

  1. :  bellow, roar



1510

First Known Use of bell

1510


Bell

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biographical name \ˈbel\

Definition of Bell

  1. Alexander Graham 1847–1922 Am. (Scot.-born) inventor




Bell

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geographical name \ˈbel\

Definition of Bell

  1. city SW California SE of Los Angeles pop 35,477






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