The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Hell \Hell\, n. [AS. hell; akin to D. hel, OHG. hella, G.
h["o]lle, Icel. hal, Sw. helfvete, Dan. helvede, Goth. halja,
and to AS. helan to conceal. ???. Cf. Hele, v. t.,
Conceal, Cell, Helmet, Hole, Occult.]
1. The place of the dead, or of souls after death; the grave;
-- called in Hebrew sheol, and by the Greeks hades.
He descended into hell. --Book of
Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell. --Ps. xvi. 10.
2. The place or state of punishment for the wicked after
death; the abode of evil spirits. Hence, any mental
torment; anguish. "Within him hell." --Milton.
It is a knell
That summons thee to heaven or to hell. --Shak.
3. A place where outcast persons or things are gathered; as:
(a) A dungeon or prison; also, in certain running games, a
place to which those who are caught are carried for
(b) A gambling house. "A convenient little gambling hell
for those who had grown reckless." --W. Black.
(c) A place into which a tailor throws his shreds, or a
printer his broken type. --Hudibras.
Gates of hell. (Script.) See Gate, n., 4.