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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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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The first known use of bell jar was in 1806

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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

bell jar

\ˈbel-ˌjär \

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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