Definition of bel
: ten decibels
Recent Examples of bel from the Web
And, as in summers past, this was a chance to hear a significant bel canto opera that remains an offshoot of the repertory.
There was hardly any Puccini, there was hardly any bel canto and no verismo.
BEL AIR, Md. — A deputy’s nearly fatal overdose while investigating a drug scene recently underscores the dangers faced by those fighting the U.S. drug epidemic.
BEL-AIR: A Cold War-era bomb shelter (now a wine cellar) is among holdovers of this single-story home, built in 1949 for actor-producer Alan Ladd.
The German soprano Diana Damrau, a house favorite, shares the stage with the tenor Javier Camarena, an assured bel-canto stylist who has the taste and technique to leave a lasting impression as well.
And as Arturo, the man Elvira loves to distraction, a member of the Royalists, who opposed the Puritans in the English Civil War, Mr. Camarena again proved to be the leading bel canto tenor of the day.
The score features the brilliant patter numbers that distinguish bel canto writing.
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Origin and Etymology of bel
Alexander Graham Bell
First Known Use: 1929See Words from the same year
Biographical Note for bel
Bell \ˈbel\play play ,
Alexander Graham (1847–1922), American inventor. Bell began his career in the fields of speech and acoustics. Training teachers of the deaf, he and his father developed “visible speech,” a system of symbolic representations of the physical process of speech. His investigations into the application of electricity to the production and analysis of sound resulted in the invention of a multiplexing telegraph system. Further experimentation in telegraphy led to work on a method of electrically transmitting actual voice sounds, and in 1876 his work culminated in the invention of the telephone. Later inventions included a telephonic device using the modulation of a light beam, an audiometer, an improved phonograph, and an electrical induction device for the detection of metallic objects in the body. Throughout his life he remained deeply interested in the teaching of speech to the deaf.
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