bell jar


Definition of bell jar

: a bell-shaped usually glass vessel designed to cover objects or to contain gases or a vacuum

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But where other celebrities rarely take stock of their actions while trapped in the bell jar, Heidi revisits those moments out loud. Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "Heidi Montag Has Always Been the Hero of 'The Hills'," 8 July 2019 The dinner tablescapes were covered in iridescent cellophane, and had cotton-candy-color blooms enclosed in Beauty and the Beast–style bell jars. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The Young Flocked to the Whitney Art Party for a Night of Warhol," 30 Jan. 2019 The sticks that protrude are enclosed in glass bell jars, a cheeky allusion to taxidermy displays. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "5 Pet Homes That Humans Will Envy," 26 Oct. 2018 Discreetly cloistered in a 19th-century hôtel particulier on Paris’s Champs-Élysées, the Biologique Recherche store displays its creams under bell jars like rare specimens in a laboratory. Marcia Desanctis, Vogue, "Can the Genes Responsible for Aging Be Altered by a Face Cream? These Skin-Care Companies Say Yes," 21 July 2018 While conversations rarely penetrate the bell jar of my self-containment, inventive forms of caregiving do. Susan Gubar,, "Imaginative caregiving for the cancer patient," 11 May 2018 First, Scotch is combined with Chartreuse; then the mixture is sprayed with a peaty tincture and placed under a bell jar, which a bartender proceeds to pump full of wood smoke. David Kortava, The New Yorker, "The Seventies Reign at the Honeywell," 7 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bell jar

1806, in the meaning defined above

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Kids Definition of bell jar

: a usually glass vessel shaped like a bell and used to cover objects, hold gases, or keep a vacuum

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\ ˈbel-ˌjär How to pronounce bell jar (audio) \

Medical Definition of bell jar

: a bell-shaped usually glass vessel designed to cover objects or to contain gases or a vacuum

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