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Meaning of BELL

Pronunciation:  bel, bel

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a hollow device made of metal that makes a ringing sound when struck
  2. [n]  the flared opening of a tubular device
  3. [n]  a percussion instrument consisting of vertical metal tubes of different lengths that are struck with a hammer
  4. [n]  a push button at an outer door that gives a ringing or buzzing signal when pushed
  5. [n]  the sound of a bell; "saved by the bell"
  6. [n]  American inventor of the telephone (1847-1922)
  7. [n]  English painter; sister of Virginia Woolf; prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group (1879-1961)
  8. [n]  the shape of a bell
  9. [n]  (nautical) each of the eight half-hour units of nautical time signaled by strokes of a ship's bell; eight bells signals 4:00, 8:00, or 12:00 o'clock, either a.m. or p.m.
  10. [v]  attach a bell to; "bell cows"

BELL is a 4 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: Alexander Bell, Alexander Graham Bell, bell shape, buzzer, campana, chime, doorbell, gong, ship's bell, Vanessa Bell, Vanessa Stephen
 See Also: acoustic device, angelus, angelus bell, artificer, attach, Bloomsbury Group, blunderbuss, button, carillon, cascabel, church bell, clapper, cowbell, curve, curved shape, death bell, death knell, dinner bell, discoverer, electric bell, fire bell, funnel, handbell, inventor, knell, Liberty Bell, night bell, opening, painter, percussion instrument, percussive instrument, push, push button, school bell, sheep bell, shop bell, signaling device, sleigh bell, sound, sound bow, time unit, tocsin, tongue, unit of time, warning bell, wind, wind instrument



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bell\, n. [AS. belle, fr. bellan to bellow. See {Bellow}.]
    1. A hollow metallic vessel, usually shaped somewhat like a
       cup with a flaring mouth, containing a clapper or tongue,
       and giving forth a ringing sound on being struck.
    Note: Bells have been made of various metals, but the best
          have always been, as now, of an alloy of copper and
    {The Liberty Bell}, the famous bell of the Philadelphia State
       House, which rang when the Continental Congress declared
       the Independence of the United States, in 1776. It had
       been cast in 1753, and upon it were the words ``Proclaim
       liberty throughout all the land, to all the inhabitants
    2. A hollow perforated sphere of metal containing a loose
       ball which causes it to sound when moved.
    3. Anything in the form of a bell, as the cup or corol of a
       flower. ``In a cowslip's bell I lie.'' --Shak.
    4. (Arch.) That part of the capital of a column included
       between the abacus and neck molding; also used for the
       naked core of nearly cylindrical shape, assumed to exist
       within the leafage of a capital.
    5. pl. (Naut.) The strikes of the bell which mark the time;
       or the time so designated.
    Note: On shipboard, time is marked by a bell, which is struck
          eight times at 4, 8, and 12 o'clock. Half an hour after
          it has struck ``eight bells'' it is struck once, and at
          every succeeding half hour the number of strokes is
          increased by one, till at the end of the four hours,
          which constitute a watch, it is struck eight times.
    {To bear away the bell}, to win the prize at a race where the
       prize was a bell; hence, to be superior in something.
    {To bear the bell}, to be the first or leader; -- in allusion
       to the bellwether or a flock, or the leading animal of a
       team or drove, when wearing a bell.
    {To curse by bell}, {book}, {and candle}, a solemn form of
       excommunication used in the Roman Catholic church, the
       bell being tolled, the book of offices for the purpose
       being used, and three candles being extinguished with
       certain ceremonies. --Nares.
    {To lose the bell}, to be worsted in a contest. ``In single
       fight he lost the bell.'' --Fairfax.
    {To shake the bells}, to move, give notice, or alarm. --Shak.
    Note: Bell is much used adjectively or in combinations; as,
          bell clapper; bell foundry; bell hanger; bell-mouthed;
          bell tower, etc., which, for the most part, are
    {Bell arch} (Arch.), an arch of unusual form, following the
       curve of an ogee.
    {Bell cage}, or {Bell carriage} (Arch.), a timber frame
       constructed to carry one or more large bells.
    {Bell cot} (Arch.), a small or subsidiary construction,
       frequently corbeled out from the walls of a structure, and
       used to contain and support one or more bells.
    {Bell deck} (Arch.), the floor of a belfry made to serve as a
       roof to the rooms below.
    {Bell founder}, one whose occupation it is to found or cast
    {Bell foundry}, or {Bell foundery}, a place where bells are
       founded or cast.
    {Bell gable} (Arch.), a small gable-shaped construction,
       pierced with one or more openings, and used to contain
    {Bell glass}. See {Bell jar}.
    {Bell hanger}, a man who hangs or puts up bells.
    {Bell pull}, a cord, handle, or knob, connecting with a bell
       or bell wire, and which will ring the bell when pulled.
    {Bell punch}, a kind of conductor's punch which rings a bell
       when used.
    {Bell ringer}, one who rings a bell or bells, esp. one whose
       business it is to ring a church bell or chime, or a set of
       musical bells for public entertainment.
    {Bell roof} (Arch.), a roof shaped according to the general
       lines of a bell.
    {Bell rope}, a rope by which a church or other bell is rung.
    {Bell tent}, a circular conical-topped tent.
    {Bell trap}, a kind of bell shaped stench trap.
  2. \Bell\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Belled}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To put a bell upon; as, to bell the cat.
    2. To make bell-mouthed; as, to bell a tube.
  3. \Bell\, v. i.
    To develop bells or corollas; to take the form of a bell; to
    blossom; as, hops bell.
  4. \Bell\, v. t. [AS. bellan. See {Bellow}.]
    To utter by bellowing. [Obs.]
  5. \Bell\, v. i.
    To call or bellow, as the deer in rutting time; to make a
    bellowing sound; to roar.
          As loud as belleth wind in hell.         --Chaucer.
          The wild buck bells from ferny brake.    --Sir W.
Computing Dictionary
  1. An early system on the ibm 650 and datatron 200 series.

    Versions: BELL L2, BELL L3.

    [Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959)].

  2. bell telephone or bell laboratories.

  3. ascii 7, ASCII mnemonic "BEL", the character code which prodces a standard audibile warning from the computer or terminal. In the teletype days it really was a bell, since the advent of the vdu it is more likely to be a sound sample (e.g. the sound of a bell) played through a loudspeaker.

    Also called "G-bell", because it is typed as Control-G.

    The term "beep" is preferred among some microcomputer hobbyists.

    Compare feep, visible bell.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Hearing a bell represents a warning or a call to order. It may also be a signal from your unconscious to prepare you for whatever is happening next. If the bell rings and never stops, then it suggests that you are experiencing extreme anxiety.
Easton Bible Dictionary

The bells first mentioned in Scripture are the small golden bells attached to the hem of the high priest's ephod (Ex. 28:33, 34, 35). The "bells of the horses" mentioned by Zechariah (14:20) were attached to the bridles or belts round the necks of horses trained for war, so as to accustom them to noise and tumult.

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