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1bell

noun \ˈbel\

Definition of BELL

1
a :  a hollow metallic device that gives off a reverberating sound when struck
b :  doorbell
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
:  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
a :  a percussion instrument consisting of metal bars or tubes that when struck give out tones resembling bells —usually used in plural
b :  glockenspiel
bell table

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

2bell

verb

Definition of BELL

transitive verb
1
:  to provide with a bell
2
:  to flare the end of (as a tube) into the shape of a bell
intransitive verb
:  to take the form of a bell :  flare
bell the cat
:  to do a daring or risky deed

First Known Use of BELL

14th century

3bell

verb

Definition of BELL

intransitive verb
:  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

4bell

noun

Definition of BELL

:  bellow, roar

First Known Use of BELL

1510

Bell

biographical name \ˈbel\

Definition of BELL

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

Bell

geographical name \ˈbel\

Definition of BELL

city SW California SE of Los Angeles pop 35,477

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