- a device that produces a stream of air through a narrow tube when its sides are pressed together: used in pipe organs, for blowing fires, etc.
- anything like a bellows, as the lungs, the compressible part of an accordion, etc.
Origin of bellowsMiddle English belwes, origin, originally plural of beli: see belly
1882-1925; U.S. painter
plural nounused with a sing. or pl. verb
- a. An apparatus for producing a strong current of air, as for sounding a pipe organ or increasing the draft to a fire, consisting of a flexible, valved air chamber that is contracted and expanded by pumping to force the air through a nozzle.b. Something, such as the pleated windbag of an accordion, that resembles this apparatus.
- The lungs.
Origin of bellowsMiddle English belowes from Old English belgas pl. of belg ; see bhelgh- in Indo-European roots.
three-row diatonic accordion
- A device for delivering pressurized air in a controlled quantity to a controlled location. At its most simple terms a bellows is a container which is deformable in such a way as to alter its volume which has an outlet or outlets where one wishes to blow air.
- When wood fires were common, so were bellows for helping start them.
- Any flexible container or enclosure, as one used to cover a moving joint.
- (informal or archaic) The lungs.
- (photography) Flexible, light-tight enclosures connecting the lensboard and the camera back.
- "Bellows" is used with both singular and plural verbs. One can even find "A bellows is/was".
From Middle English belwes, plural of belu, belw, a northern form of beli, from Old English belg
- plural form of bellow
- third-person singular simple present indicative form of bellow