bellows

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

Definition of bellows

  1. 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. 2 :  lungs

  3. 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


First Known Use: before 12th century


Bellows

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

Definition of Bellows

  1. George Wesley 1882–1925 American painter


BELLOWS Defined for English Language Learners

bellows

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

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

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noun plural bel·lows \ˈbe-lōz, -ləz\

Definition of bellows for Students

  1. :  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

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

Medical Definition of bellows

  1. :  lungs



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