bell tower


Definition of bell tower

: a tower that supports or shelters a bell

Examples of bell tower in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Based on recommendations from the city’s Design Review Committee, the architect added a prominent bell tower, and other towers and columns, more articulation to the north and east sides of the building, and other features. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Apartments approved for old ranch site along Route 76 in Oceanside," 1 Nov. 2020 Ross added that the process of selecting the appropriate name to be placed on the bell tower building will now begin. Mallika Kallingal And Rebekah Riess, CNN, "Alabama State to rename a residence hall that had honored a former governor -- a one-time KKK leader," 16 Oct. 2020 The east and west sides of the school’s gym were blown out, the performing arts building lost a portion of its roof, and the bell tower was stripped of its brick façade in several places. Corbett Smith, Dallas News, "Plans to rebuild tornado-ravaged schools delayed, but DISD focused on ‘can-do’ spirit one year later," 20 Oct. 2020 The removal of Gibb's name followed a unanimous vote by the ASU Board of Trustees to change the name of the residence hall that also houses a historic bell tower, the university said. Mallika Kallingal And Rebekah Riess, CNN, "Alabama State to rename a residence hall that had honored a former governor -- a one-time KKK leader," 16 Oct. 2020 On a recent Saturday morning, in the city of Auburn, Maine, Susan Collins, the state’s senior U.S. senator, arrived to inaugurate a bell tower at the edge of the Androscoggin River. Emily Witt, The New Yorker, "Maine’s Referendum on Susan Collins’s Reputation," 15 Oct. 2020 The residence hall at the historically black university features a historic bell tower. Howard Koplowitz |, al, "Alabama State removes Bibb Graves’ name from residence hall," 15 Oct. 2020 The moment was somewhat bittersweet as the man who came up with the idea for building a bell tower – Chuck Seidel, principal at Brookdale for 17 years – died this summer. Suzanne Baker,, "First-day-of-class bell peals at Naperville’s Brookdale Elementary -- even without students," 3 Sep. 2020 During the 16th century, the city fortified the cathedral with walls and towers; by the 17th century, its square renaissance bell tower was complete. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "5.4-Magnitude Earthquake Damages Zagreb Cathedral, Museums," 24 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of bell tower

1596, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bell tower was in 1596

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7 Nov 2020

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“Bell tower.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2020.

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