: shaped like a bell
: relating to or being a normal curve or a normal distribution

Examples of bell-shaped in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The platform where it is suspended is also bell-shaped. Nor'adila Hepburn, Southern Living, 17 Apr. 2024 Flowers are usually cup or bell-shaped (those of H. niger are saucer-shaped), sometimes facing outward but more often nodding gently downward. Southern Living Editors, Southern Living, 8 Feb. 2024 Some were bell-shaped and others looked like tiny, glossy pumpkins; some smelled of green-apple candy and others had a distinct floral kick. Clarissa Wei, The New Yorker, 16 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1744, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bell-shaped was in 1744

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“Bell-shaped.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bell-shaped. Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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