Babel definitions

băb'əl, bā'bəl
In the Bible, a city (now thought to be Babylon) in Shinar where God confounded a presumptuous attempt to build a tower into heaven by confusing the language of its builders into many mutually incomprehensible languages.
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A confusion of sounds or voices.

Passengers chattering in a babel of tongues at the international airport.

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A city in Shinar in which Noah's descendants tried to build a very high tower to reach heaven and were prevented by God from doing so by a confusion of tongues: Gen. 11:1-9
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An impracticable scheme.
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A scene or situation of confusion.
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1894-1940; Russ. writer.
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Alternative form of Babel.
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A confused mixture of sounds and voices, especially in different languages. [from 16th c.]
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Any confusion of voices or sounds; tumult.
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A place of such confusion.
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The city and tower in the land of Shinar where the confusion of languages took place, according to the Bible.

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A place or scene of noise and confusion. [from 16th c.]
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A tall, looming structure. [from 16th c.]
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Origin of babel

From Latin Babel, from Hebrew בבל (“Babylon”), from Akkadian (bāb ili, “gate of God”); in Genesis associated with the idea of confusion.