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bell

noun \ ˈbel \

Definition of bell

1 a :a hollow metallic device that gives off a reverberating sound when struck
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: such as
a :the corolla of a flower
b :a bell-shaped organ or part (such 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
e :the open mouth of a nozzle (such as of the exhaust of a jet engine)
  • The heating was so intense … that the gas went rushing out the tail of the engine at 30,000 feet per second, or twice the speed at which exhaust leaves the bell of a conventional engine.
  • —Jeffrey Kluger
4 a :a percussion instrument consisting of metal bars or tubes that when struck give out tones resembling bells usually used in plural
get/have one's bell rung
US & Canada, informal, sports
:to be hit on the head :to suffer a concussion
  • He had his bell rung on a blitz, and a short time later he was taken to Divine Providence Hospital.
  • —Ralph Wiley
give (someone) a bell
British, informal
:to make a telephone call to
  • Maybe Cowell can give him a bell towards the end of his marathon broadcast—that would certainly wake him up.
  • —Mark Jefferies

Origin and Etymology of bell

Middle English belle, from Old English; perhaps akin to Old English bellan to roar — more at bellow


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bell

verb

Definition of bell

transitive verb
1 :to provide with a bell
2 :to flare the end of (something, such 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


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bell

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 and Etymology of bell

Middle English, going back to Old English bellan "to roar" — more at bellow


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bell

noun

Definition of bell

Origin and Etymology of bell

noun derivative of 3bell


Bell

biographical name \ ˈbel \

Definition of Bell

Alexander Graham 1847–1922 American (Scottish-born) inventor

Bell

geographical name \ ˈbel \

Definition of Bell

city in southwestern California southeast of Los Angeles population 35,477


BELL Defined for Kids

bell

noun \ ˈbel \

Definition of bell for Students

1 :a hollow metallic device that is shaped somewhat like a cup and makes a ringing sound when struck
3 :the stroke or sound of a bell that tells the hour
4 :the time indicated by the stroke of a bell
5 :a half-hour period of watch on shipboard
6 :something shaped like a bell
  • the bell of a trumpet


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