bellows

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction bel·lows \ ˈbe-(ˌ)lōz , -ləz \

Definition of bellows

1 : an instrument or machine that by alternate expansion and contraction draws in air through a valve or orifice and expels it through a tube; also : any of various other blowers
2 : lungs
3 : the pleated expansible part in a camera; also : a metallic or plastic flexible and expansible vessel

Origin and Etymology of bellows

Middle English bely, below, belwes — more at belly


Bellows

biographical name Bel·lows \ ˈbe-(ˌ)lōz \

Definition of Bellows

George Wesley 1882–1925 American painter

BELLOWS Defined for English Language Learners

bellows

noun

Definition of bellows for English Language Learners

  • : a device that produces a strong current of air when its sides are pressed together


BELLOWS Defined for Kids

bellows

noun plural bel·lows \ ˈbe-lōz , -ləz \

Definition of bellows for Students

: a device that produces a strong current of air when its sides are pressed together Hint: Bellows can be used as a singular or a plural.
  • The bellows were used to start the fire.
  • The bellows is on the hearth.

Medical Dictionary

bellows

noun plural but singular or plural in construction bel·lows \ ˈbel-(ˌ)ōz, -əz \

medical Definition of bellows

: lungs


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