bel·​lows | \ ˈbe-(ˌ)lōz How to pronounce bellows (audio) , -ləz \

Definition of bellows

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Bellows

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Bel·​lows | \ ˈbe-(ˌ)lōz How to pronounce Bellows (audio) \

Definition of Bellows (Entry 2 of 2)

George Wesley 1882–1925 American painter

First Known Use of bellows

Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bellows

Noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction

Middle English bely, below, belwes — more at belly

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The first known use of bellows was before the 12th century

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“Bellows.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bellows. Accessed 1 Apr. 2020.

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bellows

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English Language Learners Definition of bellows

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

bellows

noun plural
bel·​lows | \ ˈbe-lōz How to pronounce bellows (audio) , -ləz \

Kids Definition of bellows

: 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.

bellows

noun plural but singular or plural in construction
bel·​lows | \ ˈbel-(ˌ)ōz, -əz How to pronounce bellows (audio) \

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