Bell definition

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A hollow metal musical instrument, usually cup-shaped with a flared opening, that emits a metallic tone when struck.
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To put a bell on.
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To cause to flare like a bell.
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To assume the form of a bell; flare.
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The bellowing or baying cry of certain animals, such as a deer in rut or a beagle on the hunt.
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To utter long, deep, resonant sounds; bellow.
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A hollow object, usually cuplike, made of metal or other hard material which rings when struck, as by a clapper inside.
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Such an object rung to mark the hours or the beginning and end of a period of time.
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The sound made by a bell.
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Anything shaped like a bell, as a flower, the flare of a horn, etc.
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A musical instrument made up of a series of tuned metal bars or hollow tubes that are sounded by striking.
  • Chimes.
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A bell rung every half hour during each of the five four-hour watches and during the four-hour period comprising the two dog watches: the series of rings begins at one bell (12:30, 4:30, and 8:30 o'clock) and ends at eight bells (4:00, 8:00, and 12:00 o'clock)
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Any of these half-hour periods.
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To attach a bell or bells to.
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To shape like a bell.
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To flare out like a bell.
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A bellow; roar.
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To utter long, deep sounds, as a hound in pursuit of game; bay; bellow.
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(person) 1847-1922; U.S. inventor of the telephone, born in Scotland.
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(pseudonym, person) Pseudonym used variously by the Brontë sisters.
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A percussive instrument made of metal or other hard material, typically but not always in the shape of an inverted cup with a flared rim, which resonates when struck.
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The sounding of a bell as a signal.
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(chiefly UK, informal) A telephone call.

I’ll give you a bell later.

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A signal at a school that tells the students when a class is starting or ending.
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(music) The flared end of a brass or woodwind instrument.
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(nautical) Any of a series of strokes on a bell (similar), struck every half hour to indicate the time (within a four hour watch)
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The flared end of a pipe, designed to mate with a narrow spigot.
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(computing) A device control code that produces a beep (rings a small electromechanical bell on older teleprinters etc.).
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Anything shaped like a bell, such as the cup or corolla of a flower.
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(architecture) The 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.
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To attach a bell to.

Who will bell the cat?

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To shape so that it flares out like a bell.

To bell a tube.

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(slang) To telephone.
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(intransitive) To develop bells or corollas; to take the form of a bell; to blossom.

Hops bell.

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(intransitive) To bellow or roar.
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The bellow or bay of certain animals, such as a hound on the hunt or a stag in rut.
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A Scottish and northern English surname for a bell ringer, bellmaker, or from someone who lived "at the Bell (inn)"
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The Bell telephone company (after Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone.)
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A male given name occasionally transferred from the surname.
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A female given name, a variant of Belle; mostly used as a middle name in the 19th century.
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(US, Canada) A telephone utility; a Baby Bell.
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Something resembling such an instrument in shape or sound, as:
  • The round, flared opening of a wind instrument at the opposite end from the mouthpiece.
  • A percussion instrument consisting of metal tubes or bars that emit tones when struck.
  • A hollow, usually inverted vessel, such as one used for diving deep below the surface of a body of water.
  • The corolla of a flower.
  • The body of a jellyfish.
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A stroke on a hollow metal instrument to mark the hour.
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The time indicated by the striking of this instrument, divided into half hours.
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bell the cat
  • To perform a daring act.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
bell
Plural:
bells

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of bell

  • From Middle English bellen to bellow from Old English bellan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English belle from Old English

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old English belle, from Proto-Germanic *bellǭ. Cognate with Dutch bel.

    From Wiktionary

  • Old English bellan. Cognate with German bellen (“to bark”).

    From Wiktionary