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NOUN (10)

1. a hollow device made of metal that makes a ringing sound when struck;

2. a push button at an outer door that gives a ringing or buzzing signal when pushed;
[syn: doorbell, bell, buzzer]

3. the sound of a bell being struck;
- Example: "saved by the bell"
- Example: "she heard the distant toll of church bells"
[syn: bell, toll]

4. (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.;
[syn: bell, ship's bell]

5. the shape of a bell;
[syn: bell, bell shape, campana]

6. a phonetician and father of Alexander Graham Bell (1819-1905);
[syn: Bell, Melville Bell, Alexander Melville Bell]

7. English painter; sister of Virginia Woolf; prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group (1879-1961);
[syn: Bell, Vanessa Bell, Vanessa Stephen]

8. United States inventor (born in Scotland) of the telephone (1847-1922);
[syn: Bell, Alexander Bell, Alexander Graham Bell]

9. a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned bells that are struck with a hammer; used as an orchestral instrument;
[syn: chime, bell, gong]

10. the flared opening of a tubular device;


VERB (1)

1. attach a bell to;
- Example: "bell cows"


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bell \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. [1913 Webster] Note: Bells have been made of various metals, but the best have always been, as now, of an alloy of copper and tin. [1913 Webster] 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 thereof." [1913 Webster] 2. A hollow perforated sphere of metal containing a loose ball which causes it to sound when moved. [1913 Webster] 3. Anything in the form of a bell, as the cup or corol of a flower. "In a cowslip's bell I lie." --Shak. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] 5. pl. (Naut.) The strikes of the bell which mark the time; or the time so designated. [1913 Webster] 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. [1913 Webster] To bear away the bell, to win the prize at a race where the prize was a bell; hence, to be superior in something. --Fuller. 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. [1913 Webster] 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 self-explaining. [1913 Webster] 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 bells. 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 bells. 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. --Aytoun. 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. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bell \Bell\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Belled; p. pr. & vb. n. Belling.] To put a bell upon; as, to bell the cat. [1913 Webster] 2. To make bell-mouthed; as, to bell a tube. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bell \Bell\, v. i. To develop bells or corollas; to take the form of a bell; to blossom; as, hops bell. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bell \Bell\, v. t. [AS. bellan. See Bellow.] To utter by bellowing. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Bell \Bell\, v. i. To call or bellow, as the deer in rutting time; to make a bellowing sound; to roar. [1913 Webster] As loud as belleth wind in hell. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster] The wild buck bells from ferny brake. --Sir W. Scott. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

bell n 1: a hollow device made of metal that makes a ringing sound when struck 2: a push button at an outer door that gives a ringing or buzzing signal when pushed [syn: doorbell, bell, buzzer] 3: the sound of a bell being struck; "saved by the bell"; "she heard the distant toll of church bells" [syn: bell, toll] 4: (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. [syn: bell, ship's bell] 5: the shape of a bell [syn: bell, bell shape, campana] 6: a phonetician and father of Alexander Graham Bell (1819-1905) [syn: Bell, Melville Bell, Alexander Melville Bell] 7: English painter; sister of Virginia Woolf; prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group (1879-1961) [syn: Bell, Vanessa Bell, Vanessa Stephen] 8: United States inventor (born in Scotland) of the telephone (1847-1922) [syn: Bell, Alexander Bell, Alexander Graham Bell] 9: a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned bells that are struck with a hammer; used as an orchestral instrument [syn: chime, bell, gong] 10: the flared opening of a tubular device v 1: attach a bell to; "bell cows"
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

176 Moby Thesaurus words for "bell": Roman candle, aerophone, aid to navigation, alarm, amber light, arrest, balefire, battery, beacon, beacon fire, bell buoy, bells, blinker, blue peter, bones, bong, buoy, castanets, caution light, celesta, check, checkmate, chime, chimes, church bell, clapper, clappers, cowbell, crash cymbal, cutoff, cymbals, dead stop, deadlock, dinner bell, dinner gong, doorbell, double reed, embouchure, end, endgame, ending, final whistle, finger cymbals, fire bell, flare, fog bell, fog signal, fog whistle, foghorn, full stop, gamelan, glance, glockenspiel, go light, gong, gong bell, gong buoy, green light, grinding halt, gun, halt, hand bell, handbells, heliograph, high sign, horn, hour, idiophone, international alphabet flag, international numeral pennant, jingle bell, key, kick, knell, leer, lip, lockout, lyra, maraca, marimba, marker beacon, metallophone, minute, mouthpiece, nod, nudge, orchestral bells, parachute flare, passing bell, peal, percussion, percussion instrument, percussions, percussive, pilot flag, pipe, poke, police whistle, quarantine flag, radio beacon, rattle, rattlebones, red flag, red light, reed, rocket, sacring bell, sailing aid, semaphore, semaphore flag, semaphore telegraph, sheepbell, sign, signal, signal beacon, signal bell, signal fire, signal flag, signal gong, signal gun, signal lamp, signal light, signal mast, signal post, signal rocket, signal shot, signal siren, signal tower, sit-down strike, sizzler, sleigh bell, slide, snappers, spar buoy, stalemate, stand, standoff, standstill, stay, stop, stop light, stoppage, strike, tam-tam, telephone bell, the nod, the time, the wink, time, time of day, time signal, tintinnabula, tintinnabulum, toll, tongue, tonitruone, tooter, touch, traffic light, traffic signal, triangle, tubular bells, valve, vibes, vibraphone, walkout, watch fire, white flag, wigwag, wigwag flag, wind, wind instrument, wink, work stoppage, xylophone, yellow flag
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

BELL An early system on the IBM 650 and Datatron 200 series. Versions: BELL L2, BELL L3. [Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959)]. [Is Datatron version the same?] (1994-12-06)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

Bell Bell Telephone or Bell Laboratories. (1997-04-07)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

bell beep BEL control-G g-bell 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. (1997-04-08)
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:

Bell 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.
U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000):

Bell -- U.S. County in Kentucky Population (2000): 30060 Housing Units (2000): 13341 Land area (2000): 360.767946 sq. miles (934.384652 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.583243 sq. miles (1.510593 sq. km) Total area (2000): 361.351189 sq. miles (935.895245 sq. km) Located within: Kentucky (KY), FIPS 21 Location: 36.691388 N, 83.702245 W Headwords: Bell Bell, KY Bell County Bell County, KY
U.S. Gazetteer Counties (2000):

Bell -- U.S. County in Texas Population (2000): 237974 Housing Units (2000): 92782 Land area (2000): 1059.718825 sq. miles (2744.659040 sq. km) Water area (2000): 28.208223 sq. miles (73.058960 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1087.927048 sq. miles (2817.718000 sq. km) Located within: Texas (TX), FIPS 48 Location: 31.075540 N, 97.520327 W Headwords: Bell Bell, TX Bell County Bell County, TX
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Bell, CA -- U.S. city in California Population (2000): 36664 Housing Units (2000): 9215 Land area (2000): 2.476872 sq. miles (6.415068 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.165612 sq. miles (0.428932 sq. km) Total area (2000): 2.642484 sq. miles (6.844000 sq. km) FIPS code: 04870 Located within: California (CA), FIPS 06 Location: 33.978414 N, 118.182908 W ZIP Codes (1990): Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Bell, CA Bell
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Bell, FL -- U.S. town in Florida Population (2000): 349 Housing Units (2000): 149 Land area (2000): 1.634454 sq. miles (4.233216 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 1.634454 sq. miles (4.233216 sq. km) FIPS code: 04975 Located within: Florida (FL), FIPS 12 Location: 29.754443 N, 82.861712 W ZIP Codes (1990): 32619 Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Bell, FL Bell
U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000):

Bell, OK -- U.S. Census Designated Place in Oklahoma Population (2000): 602 Housing Units (2000): 189 Land area (2000): 22.195926 sq. miles (57.487182 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 22.195926 sq. miles (57.487182 sq. km) FIPS code: 05090 Located within: Oklahoma (OK), FIPS 40 Location: 35.737087 N, 94.521859 W ZIP Codes (1990): Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs. Headwords: Bell, OK Bell