1. a mechanical device that blows a strong current of air; used to make a fire burn more fiercely or to sound a musical instrument;
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Bellows \Bel"lows\, n. sing. & pl. [OE. bely, below, belly,
bellows, AS. b[ae]lg, b[ae]lig, bag, bellows, belly. Bellows
is prop. a pl. and the orig. sense is bag. See Belly.]
An instrument, utensil, or machine, which, by alternate
expansion and contraction, or by rise and fall of the top,
draws in air through a valve and expels it through a tube for
various purposes, as blowing fires, ventilating mines, or
filling the pipes of an organ with wind.
Bellows camera, in photography, a form of camera, which can
be drawn out like an accordion or bellows.
Hydrostatic bellows. See Hydrostatic.
A pair of bellows, the ordinary household instrument for
blowing fires, consisting of two nearly heart-shaped
boards with handles, connected by leather, and having a
valve and tube.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: a mechanical device that blows a strong current of air;
used to make a fire burn more fiercely or to sound a
Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary:
occurs only in Jer. 6:29, in relation to the casting of metal.
Probably they consisted of leather bags similar to those common