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bellows

[bel-ohz, -uh z] /ˈbɛl oʊz, -əz/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
1.
a device for producing a strong current of air, consisting of a chamber that can be expanded to draw in air through a valve and contracted to expel it through a tube.
2.
anything resembling or suggesting bellows in form, as the collapsible part of a camera or enlarger.
3.
the lungs.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English bel(o)wes (plural), Old English belg, short for blǣst belg, plural belgas blast-bag; cognate with Dutch blaasbalg, German Blasebalg, Old Norse belgr. See belly
Related forms
bellowslike, adjective

Bellows

[bel-ohz] /ˈbɛl oʊz/
noun
1.
George Wesley, 1882–1925, U.S. painter and lithographer.

bellow

[bel-oh] /ˈbɛl oʊ/
verb (used without object)
1.
to emit a hollow, loud, animal cry, as a bull or cow.
2.
to roar; bawl:
bellowing with rage.
verb (used with object)
3.
to utter in a loud deep voice:
He bellowed his command across the room.
noun
4.
an act or sound of bellowing.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English belwen, akin to Old English bylgan to roar (compare for the vowel Old High German bullôn); extended form akin to bell2
Related forms
bellower, noun
outbellow, verb (used with object)
Synonyms
2. See cry.
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Examples from the web for bellows
  • Basically, a bellows is a deformable container which has an outlet nozzle.
  • When the volume of the bellows is decreased, the air escapes through the outlet.
  • Metal bellows were made to absorb axial movement in a dynamic condition.
  • bellows are also used to send pressurized air in a controlled manner in a fired heater.
  • In modern industry, reciprocating bellows are usually replaced with motorized blowers.
British Dictionary definitions for bellows

bellows

/ˈbɛləʊz/
noun (functioning as singular or pl)
1.
Also called pair of bellows. an instrument consisting of an air chamber with flexible sides or end, a means of compressing it, an inlet valve, and a constricted outlet that is used to create a stream of air, as for producing a draught for a fire or for sounding organ pipes
2.
(photog) a telescopic light-tight sleeve, connecting the lens system of some cameras to the body of the instrument
3.
a flexible corrugated element used as an expansion joint, pump, or means of transmitting axial motion
Word Origin
C16: from plural of Old English beligbelly

bellow

/ˈbɛləʊ/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to make a loud deep raucous cry like that of a bull; roar
2.
to shout (something) unrestrainedly, as in anger or pain; bawl
noun
3.
the characteristic noise of a bull
4.
a loud deep sound, as of pain or anger
Derived Forms
bellower, noun
Word Origin
C14: probably from Old English bylgan; related to bellan to bell²

Bellow

/ˈbɛləʊ/
noun
1.
Saul. 1915–2005, US novelist, born in Canada. His works include Dangling Man (1944), The Adventures of Angie March (1954), Herzog (1964), Humboldt's Gift (1975), The Dean's December (1981), and Ravelstein (2000): Nobel prize for literature 1976
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Word Origin and History for bellows
n.

c.1200, belwes, literally "bags," plural of belu, belw, northern form of beli, from late Old English belg "bag, purse, leathern bottle" (see belly (n.)). Reduced from blæstbælg, literally "blowing bag." Used exclusively in plural since 15c., probably due to the two handles.

bellow

v.

apparently from Old English bylgan "to bellow," from PIE root *bhel- (4) "to sound, roar." Originally of animals, especially cows and bulls; used of human beings since c.1600. Related: Bellowed; bellowing. As a noun from 1779.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bellows in the Bible

occurs only in Jer. 6:29, in relation to the casting of metal. Probably they consisted of leather bags similar to those common in Egypt.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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