a mechanism, now usually activated by a push button at the entrance of a building or room, that rings, buzzes, etc. to alert the occupants of a visitor
A bell, chime, or buzzer outside a door that is rung to announce the presence of a visitor or caller.
- A device on or adjacent to an outer door for announcing one's presence. It can be mechanical, directly sounding a bell, or a button that electrically sounds a chime or buzzer inside the building.
- A button that actives an electric doorbell.
(third-person singular simple present doorbells, present participle doorbelling, simple past and past participle doorbelled)
- (intransitive) To ring many doorbells in an effort to contact people and thereby spread information or solicit.
- To ring many doorbells of (target people or an area) in an effort to contact people and thereby spread information or solicit.
- We doorbelled the whole district in an effort to get out the vote.
- She rang the doorbell and we waited for someone to answer.
- Before Fred could reply, or whack her in the mouth, which would have been Dean's first choice, the front doorbell interrupted the tense gathering.
- The doorbell rang again.
- They danced silently for two songs before the doorbell was rung by the first guests.
- The doorbell rang and Katie went to answer it.