Definition of Bell

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

2. Verb. Attach a bell to. "Bell cows"
Generic synonyms: Attach

3. Noun. A push button at an outer door that gives a ringing or buzzing signal when pushed.
Exact synonyms: Buzzer, Doorbell
Specialized synonyms: Night Bell
Generic synonyms: Button, Push, Push Button
Derivative terms: Buzz, Buzz

4. Noun. The sound of a bell being struck. "She heard the distant toll of church bells"
Exact synonyms: Toll
Generic synonyms: Sound
Specialized synonyms: Knell, Angelus, Angelus Bell
Derivative terms: Toll

5. Noun. (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..
Exact synonyms: Ship's Bell
Category relationships: Navigation, Sailing, Seafaring
Generic synonyms: Time Unit, Unit Of Time

6. Noun. The shape of a bell.
Exact synonyms: Bell Shape, Campana
Generic synonyms: Curve, Curved Shape
Derivative terms: Campanular

7. Noun. A phonetician and father of Alexander Graham Bell (1819-1905).
Exact synonyms: Alexander Melville Bell, Melville Bell
Generic synonyms: Phonetician

8. Noun. English painter; sister of Virginia Woolf; prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group (1879-1961).
Exact synonyms: Vanessa Bell, Vanessa Stephen
Group relationships: Bloomsbury Group
Generic synonyms: Painter

9. Noun. United States inventor (born in Scotland) of the telephone (1847-1922).

10. Noun. A percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned bells that are struck with a hammer; used as an orchestral instrument.
Exact synonyms: Chime, Gong
Specialized synonyms: Carillon, Handbell
Generic synonyms: Percussion Instrument, Percussive Instrument
Derivative terms: Chime, Gong

11. Noun. The flared opening of a tubular device.
Group relationships: Blunderbuss, Funnel, Wind, Wind Instrument
Generic synonyms: Opening

Definition of Bell

1. n. 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.

2. v. t. To put a bell upon; as, to bell the cat.

3. v. i. To develop bells or corollas; to take the form of a bell; to blossom; as, hops bell.

4. v. t. To utter by bellowing.

5. v. i. To call or bellow, as the deer in rutting time; to make a bellowing sound; to roar.

Definition of Bell

1. Proper noun. A Scottish and northern English surname for a bell ringer, bellmaker, or from someone who lived "at the Bell (inn)" ¹

2. Proper noun. The Bell telephone company (after (w Alexander Graham Bell), the inventor of the telephone.) ¹

3. Proper noun. (surnames male given name) occasionally transferred from the surname. ¹

4. Proper noun. ''A female given name'', a variant of Belle; mostly used as a middle name in the 19th century. ¹

5. Noun. (US Canada) a telephone utility; a Baby Bell. ¹

6. Noun. A percussive instrument made of metal or other hard material, typically but not always in the shape of an inverted cup with a flared rim, which resonates when struck. ¹

7. Noun. The sounding of a bell as a signal. ¹

8. Noun. (chiefly British informal) A telephone call. ¹

9. Noun. A signal at a school that tells the students when it's time to change classes during the day. ¹

10. Noun. (music) The flared end of a brass or woodwind instrument. ¹

11. Noun. (nautical) Any of a series of strokes on a bell (or similar), struck every half hour to indicate the time (within a four hour watch) ¹

12. Noun. The flared end of a pipe, designed to mate with a narrow spigot. ¹

13. Verb. (transitive) To attach a bell to. ¹

14. Verb. To shape so that flares out like a bell. ¹

15. Verb. (slang transitive) To telephone. ¹

16. Verb. (intransitive) To bellow or roar. ¹

17. Noun. The bellow or bay of certain animals, such as a hound on the hunt or a stag in rut. ¹

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Definition of Bell

1. to provide with a bell (a ringing device) [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Bell

1. 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. Bells have been made of various metals, but the best have always been, as now, of an alloy of copper and tin. 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." 2. A hollow perforated sphere of metal containing a loose ball which causes it to sound when moved. 3. Anything in the form of a bell, as the cup or corol of a flower. "In a cowslip's bell I lie." 4. 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. 5. The strikes of the bell which mark the time; or the time so designated. 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. To bear away the bell, to win the prize at a race where the prize was a bell; hence, to be superior in something. 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. To lose the bell, to be worsted in a contest. "In single fight he lost the bell." . To shake the bells, to move, give notice, or alarm. 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. Bell 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. Origin: AS. Belle, fr. Bellan to bellow. See Bellow. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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