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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Examples of bell jar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kristen made everything better, her confidence like a bell jar of security in a strange and gnarled world. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, 26 July 2021 Bird and Feather Templates A bell jar gives a no-carve pumpkin, with bird and feather designs, the star treatment. Country Living Staff, Country Living, 23 June 2020 Eileen Roscina Richardson applies the ancient art of natural tree shaping to fungi, using light exposure to make her plants grow in zig-zag patterns, and then places them under bell jars for public inspection. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, 19 Nov. 2019 The décor was full of surprises, from cracked open pomegranates, to apples under bell jars, with gorgeous vintage velvet sofas and pillows throughout the space, and trees lining the room. Belathée, Harper's BAZAAR, 31 Oct. 2019 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, 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, 30 Jan. 2019 The sticks that protrude are enclosed in glass bell jars, a cheeky allusion to taxidermy displays. Catherine Romano, WSJ, 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, 21 July 2018

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First Known Use of bell jar

1806, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bell jar was in 1806

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“Bell jar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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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