'bell', 'Bell': [ˈbɛl]

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
bell1 /bɛl/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Music and Dancea hollow metal instrument shaped like a cup that produces a ringing sound when struck:The church bells ring at 7:00.
  2. Electronicsany device, as an electronic circuit, that produces a similar sound:I rang the bell and waited for my first customer.
  3. the stroke or sound of a bell:There's the bell; someone is at the door.
  4. something in the form of a bell, as the open end of a musical wind instrument.

  1. to put a bell on:[+ object]belled the cat so birds would be able to hear it.
  2. to take or have the form of a bell:[no object]The slacks belled out at the bottom.
  1. Idiomsring a bell, to call to mind, esp. a vague recollection: His name rings a bell but I can't quite remember.
  2. Idioms saved by the bell,
    • Sport(of a boxer) saved from a knockout by a gong signaling the end of a round.
    • (of any person) spared from trouble by some outside event.

-bell-, root. 
  1. -bell- comes from Latin, where it has the meaning "war.'' This meaning is found in such words as: antebellum, bellicose, belligerence, belligerent.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
bell1  (bel),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Music and Dancea hollow instrument of cast metal, typically cup-shaped with a flaring mouth, suspended from the vertex and rung by the strokes of a clapper, hammer, or the like.
  2. the stroke or sound of such an instrument:We rose at the bell.
  3. anything in the form of a bell.
  4. the large end of a funnel, or the end of a pipe, tube, or any musical wind instrument, when its edge is turned out and enlarged.
  5. Architecturethe underlying part of a foliated capital.
  6. Naval Terms[Naut.]
    • Naval Termsany of the half-hour units of nautical time rung on the bell of a ship.
    • Naval Termseach individual ring of the bell, counted with others to reckon the time:It is now four bells.
    • Naval Termsa signal on the telegraph of a large power vessel, made between the navigating officers and the engineer.
  7. [Zool.]umbrella (def. 2).
  8. [Bot.]the bell-shaped corolla of a flower.
  9. Metallurgya conical lid that seals the top of a blast furnace and lowers to admit a charge.
  10. Idiomsring a bell, to evoke a memory, esp. a vague or partial recollection;
    remind one of something:His name rings a bell but I can't remember him.
  11. Idiomsring the bell, to provide what is desired;
    be satisfactory or successful:This new book rings the bell with teenagers.
  12. Idiomssaved by the bell: 
    • Sport(of a boxer) saved from a knockout by the ringing of a gong signaling the end of a round.
    • (of any person) spared from anticipated trouble by some extraneous event.
  13. with bells on, [Informal.]eagerly;
    ready to enjoy oneself:Just say when, and we'll be there with bells on.

  1. to cause to swell or expand like a bell (often fol. by out):Belling out the tubes will permit a freer passage of air.
  2. to put a bell on.

  1. to take or have the form of a bell.
  2. [Bot.]to produce bells;
    be in bell (said of hops when the seed vessels are forming).
  3. bell the cat. See  cat 1 (def. 15).
bell-less′, adj. 
  • bef. 1000; Middle English, Old English belle; cognate with Dutch bel; derivative of bell2

bell2  (bel),USA pronunciation v.i., v.t. 
  1. to bellow like a stag in rutting time.
  2. to bay, as a hunting dog.

  1. the cry of a rutting stag or hunting dog.
  • 1275–1325; Middle English bellen, Old English bellan to roar; cognate with Old High German bellan (German bellen to bark), Middle Dutch bellen, belen, Old Norse belja; akin to Lithuanian ba&descilde;sas voice, Sanskrit bhaṣ- bark, bhāṣ- speak. See bellow, belch

Bell  (bel),USA pronunciation n. 
    Ac•ton  (aktən),USA pronunciation pen name of Anne Brontë.
  1. BiographicalAlexander Graham, 1847–1922, U.S. scientist, born in Scotland: inventor of the telephone.
  2. Biographical(Arthur) Clive (Howard), 1881–1964, English critic of literature and art.
  3. Cur•rer  (kûrər),USA pronunciation pen name of Charlotte Brontë.
  4. BiographicalEllis, pen name of Emily Brontë.
  5. BiographicalJohn, 1797–1869, U.S. political leader: Speaker of the House 1834–35.
  6. Place Namesa city in SW California, near Los Angeles. 25,450.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

bell /bɛl/ n
  1. a hollow, usually metal, cup-shaped instrument that emits a musical ringing sound when struck, often by a clapper hanging inside it
  2. the sound made by such an instrument or device, as for showing the hours or marking the beginning or end of a period of time
  3. an electrical device that rings or buzzes as a signal
  4. the bowl-shaped termination of the tube of certain musical wind instruments, such as the trumpet or oboe
  5. a signal rung on a ship's bell to count the number of half-hour intervals during each of six four-hour watches reckoned from midnight. Thus, one bell may signify 12.30, 4.30, or 8.30 a.m. or p.m
  6. Brit slang a telephone call (esp in the phrase give someone a bell)
  7. beat seven bells out of, knock seven bells out ofBrit informal to give a severe beating to
  8. bell, book, and candleinstruments used formerly in excommunications and other ecclesiastical acts
  9. informal the solemn ritual ratification of such acts
  10. ring a bellto sound familiar; recall to the mind something previously experienced, esp indistinctly
  11. sound as a bellin perfect condition
  1. to be or cause to be shaped like a bell
  2. (transitive) to attach a bell or bells to
Etymology: Old English belle; related to Old Norse bjalla, Middle Low German bell; see bell²
bell /bɛl/ n
  1. a bellowing or baying cry, esp that of a hound or a male deer in rut
  1. to utter (such a cry)
Etymology: Old English bellan; related to Old Norse belja to bellow, Old High German bellan to roar, Sanskrit bhāsate he talks; see bellow

Bell /bɛl/ n
  1. Acton, Currer (ˈkʌrə), and Ellis. pen names of the sisters Anne, Charlotte, and Emily Brontë
  2. Alexander Graham. 1847–1922, US scientist, born in Scotland, who invented the telephone (1876)
  3. Sir Francis Henry Dillon. 1851–1936, New Zealand statesman; prime minister of New Zealand (1925)
  4. Gertrude (Margaret Lowthian). 1868–1926, British traveller, writer, and diplomat; secretary to the British High Commissioner in Baghdad (1917–26)
  5. Joshua. born 1967, US violinist
  6. (Susan) Jocelyn, married name Jocelyn Burnell, born 1943, British radio astronomer, who discovered the first pulsar
  7. Vanessa, original name Vanessa Stephen. 1879–1961, British painter; a member of the Bloomsbury group, sister of Virginia Woolf and wife of the art critic Clive Bell (1881–1964)

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