Definition of Babel

1. Noun. (Genesis 11:1-11) a tower built by Noah's descendants (probably in Babylon) who intended it to reach up to heaven; God foiled them by confusing their language so they could no longer understand one another.

Exact synonyms: Tower Of Babel
Generic synonyms: Ziggurat, Zikkurat, Zikurat
Category relationships: Book Of Genesis, Genesis
Group relationships: Babylon

2. Noun. A confusion of voices and other sounds.
Generic synonyms: Confusion

Definition of Babel

1. n. The city and tower in the land of Shinar, where the confusion of languages took place.

Definition of Babel

1. Proper noun. The city and tower in the land of Shinar where the confusion of languages took place, according to the Bible. ¹

2. Noun. A confused mixture of sounds and voices, especially in different languages. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

3. Noun. A place or scene of noise and confusion. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

4. Noun. A tall, looming structure. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

5. Noun. (alternative form of Babel) ¹

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Definition of Babel

1. confusion [n -S] - See also: confusion

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Babel

Baba Yaga
Babbitt metal
Babcock tube
Babe Didrikson
Babe Ruth
Babe Zaharias
Babes' nodes
Babes-Ernst bodies
Babes-Ernst granule
Babesia argentina
Babesia berbera
Babesia bigemina
Babesia caballi
Babesia canis
Babesia divergens
Babesia equi
Babesia felis
Babesia gibsoni

Literary usage of Babel

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"A more probable reference to the Tower of babel we find in the "History" of ... Site of the Tower of babel.—Both the inspired writer of Genesis and Berosus ..."

2. Publications (1848)
"Certainly, if any, then babel itself properly so called; but there we find, as before, ... Ha local Secondly, if babel be local now whence God's people ..."

3. History: Fiction of Science? by Anatoly Fomenko (2005)
"THE TOWER OF babel CONFOUNDED LANGUAGES. THE SCATTERING OF NATIONS. These events of the Xl-XVI century were initially shifted into ..."

4. The Heroes and Crises of Early Hebrew History from the Creation to the Death by Charles Foster Kent (1908)
"Meaning of the Story of the Tower of babel. Like the narrative of the sons of God and the daughters of men (§ V) the story of the Tower of babel is placed ..."

5. A History of the Warfare of Science with Theology in Christendom by Andrew Dickson White (1896)
"The Hebrew story of babel, like so many other legends in the sacred books of the ... The name babel (bab-cl*) means " Gate of God " or " Gate of the Gods. ..."

6. The Monist by Hegeler Institute (1903)
"New Books on the Old Testament babel AND BIBLE. A Lecture on the Significance of Assyriological Research for Religion Twice Delivered Before the German ..."

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