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bel1

[bel] /bɛl/
noun, Physics.
1.
a unit of power ratio, equal to 10 decibels.
Origin of bel1
1925-1930
1925-30; named after A. G. Bell

bel2

[bel] /bɛl/
noun
1.
bael.

Bel.

1.
2.
3.
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  • bel, old lad,” he said huskily, and he winced with pain as he tried to stretch out his left hand.

    To Win or to Die George Manville Fenn
  • He did not trouble to put on a pretence of indifference with bel, just as he did not wish to talk about it.

    Mary Gray Katharine Tynan
  • bel Menstal struck the sagging body a few more times with the dagger, then threw the weapon on top of the inert form.

    Millennium Everett B. Cole
  • They were particularly proud of their title 'governor of bel.'

  • bel brought this away from Leicester Place, and had it in the kitchen.

    The Other Girls Mrs. A. D. T. Whitney
British Dictionary definitions for bel

bel

/bɛl/
noun
1.
a unit for comparing two power levels, equal to the logarithm to the base ten of the ratio of the two powers Symbols B, b See also decibel
Word Origin
C20: named after Alexander Graham Bell

Bel

/beɪl/
noun
1.
(in Babylonian and Assyrian mythology) the god of the earth
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Word Origin and History for bel

Bel

heaven-and-earth god of Babylonian religion, from Akkadian Belu, literally "lord, owner, master," cognate with Hebrew ba'al.

adj.

"beautiful," early 14c., from Old French bel, belle "beautiful, fair, fine" (see belle). "Naturalized in ME.; but after 1600 consciously French" [OED].

n.

unit of power level in measuring sound, 1929, named for Scottish-born telephone pioneer Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922).

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bel in Medicine

bel (běl)
n.
A unit expressing the relative intensity of a sound, equal to ten decibels.

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bel in Science
bel
  (běl)   
A unit of measurement equal to ten decibels.
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bel in Technology
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Related Abbreviations for bel

Bel.

1.
Belgian
2.
Belgium
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bel in the Bible

the Aramaic form of Baal, the national god of the Babylonians (Isa. 46:1; Jer. 50:2; 51:44). It signifies "lord." (See BAAL.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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