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bells

[belz] /bɛlz/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
1.
Informal. bell-bottom (def 2).
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; by shortening of the full phrase, as in shorts from short pants

bell1

[bel] /bɛl/
noun
1.
a 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.
Architecture. the underlying part of a foliated capital.
6.
Nautical.
  1. any of the half-hour units of nautical time rung on the bell of a ship.
  2. each individual ring of the bell, counted with others to reckon the time:
    It is now four bells.
  3. a signal on the telegraph of a large power vessel, made between the navigating officers and the engineer.
7.
Zoology, umbrella (def 2).
8.
Botany. the bell-shaped corolla of a flower.
9.
Metallurgy. a conical lid that seals the top of a blast furnace and lowers to admit a charge.
verb (used with object)
10.
to cause to swell or expand like a bell (often followed by out):
Belling out the tubes will permit a freer passage of air.
11.
to put a bell on.
verb (used without object)
12.
to take or have the form of a bell.
13.
Botany. to produce bells; be in bell (said of hops when the seed vessels are forming).
Idioms
14.
bell the cat. cat1 (def 15).
15.
ring a bell, to evoke a memory, especially a vague or partial recollection; remind one of something:
His name rings a bell but I can't remember him.
16.
ring someone's bell,
  1. to provide what is desired; be satisfactory or successful:
    This new book just doesn't ring my bell.
  2. Slang. to arouse sexually or bring someone to orgasm.
Also, ring the bell.
17.
saved by the bell,
  1. (of a boxer) saved from a knockout by the ringing of a gong signaling the end of a round.
  2. (of any person) spared from anticipated trouble by some extraneous event.
18.
with bells on, Informal. eagerly; ready to enjoy oneself:
Just say when, and we'll be there with bells on.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English, Old English belle; cognate with Dutch bel; derivative of bell2
Related forms
bell-less, adjective

bell2

[bel] /bɛl/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
1.
to bellow like a stag in rutting time.
2.
to bay, as a hunting dog.
noun
3.
the cry of a rutting stag or hunting dog.
Origin
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 bal̃sas voice, Sanskrit bhaṣ- bark, bhāṣ- speak. See bellow, belch

Bell

[bel] /bɛl/
noun
1.
Acton
[ak-tuh n] /ˈæk tən/ (Show IPA)
pen name of Anne Brontë.
2.
Alexander Graham, 1847–1922, U.S. scientist, born in Scotland: inventor of the telephone.
3.
(Arthur) Clive (Howard) 1881–1964, English critic of literature and art.
4.
Currer
[kur-er] /ˈkɜr ər/ (Show IPA)
pen name of Charlotte Brontë.
5.
Ellis, pen name of Emily Brontë.
6.
James Thomas ("Cool Papa") 1903–91, U.S. baseball player, a Negro Leagues outfielder noted for his speed.
7.
John, 1797–1869, U.S. political leader: Speaker of the House 1834–35.
8.
a city in SW California, near Los Angeles.
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Examples from the web for bells
  • Although the bells' lack of embellishment suggests a practical purpose, the bells also seem to hold a sentimental value.
  • Some jurisdictions have banned ice cream truck vendors from using amplified music, restricting them to using hand bells.
  • Another thought is stringing little bells or wind chimes that might keep birds from lingering around your blueberry bushes.
  • Digital cameras come with lots of bells and whistles.
  • Lifting weights and working with kettle bells are two of the best exercises for building strong bones and muscles.
  • But city council acted, and required that all sleighs carry bells to warn pedestrians.
  • And then the local signal needs to be blocked from influencing neighbors bells.
  • Fancy bells and whistles are great as augmentation to courses.
  • Alarm bells may ring in the minds of many trustees when they think about offshore activities or overseas partnerships.
  • Any of these bells and whistles exponentially increases the potential for failure in the overall system.
British Dictionary definitions for bells

bell1

/bɛl/
noun
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.
any musical percussion instrument emitting a ringing tone, such as a glockenspiel, one of a set of hand bells, etc Compare chime1 (sense 3)
6.
(nautical) 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
7.
8.
(biology) a structure resembling a bell in shape, such as the corolla of certain flowers or the body of a jellyfish
9.
(Brit, slang) a telephone call (esp in the phrase give someone a bell)
10.
(Brit, informal) beat seven bells out of, knock seven bells out of, to give a severe beating to
11.
bell, book, and candle
  1. instruments used formerly in excommunications and other ecclesiastical acts
  2. (informal) the solemn ritual ratification of such acts
12.
ring a bell, to sound familiar; recall to the mind something previously experienced, esp indistinctly
13.
sound as a bell, in perfect condition
14.
the bells, the ringing of bells, in a church or other public building, at midnight on December 31st, symbolizing the beginning of a new year
verb
15.
to be or cause to be shaped like a bell
16.
(transitive) to attach a bell or bells to
17.
bell the cat, to undertake a dangerous mission
Word Origin
Old English belle; related to Old Norse bjalla, Middle Low German bell; see bell²

bell2

/bɛl/
noun
1.
a bellowing or baying cry, esp that of a hound or a male deer in rut
verb
2.
to utter (such a cry)
Word Origin
Old English bellan; related to Old Norse belja to bellow, Old High German bellan to roar, Sanskrit bhāsate he talks; see bellow

Bell

/bɛl/
noun
1.
Acton, Currer (ˈkʌrə), and Ellis. pen names of the sisters Anne, Charlotte, and Emily Brontë See 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.
Dame (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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Word Origin and History for bells

bell

n.

Old English belle, common North Sea Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch belle, Middle Low German belle) but not found elsewhere in Germanic (except as a borrowing), from PIE root *bhel- (4) "to sound, roar." Statistical bell curve was coined 1870s in French. Of glasses in the shape of a bell from 1640s. Bell pepper is from 1707, so called for its shape. Bell, book, and candle is a reference to a form of excommunication. To ring a bell "awaken a memory" (1934) is perhaps a reference to Pavlovian experiments.

v.

"attach a bell," late 14c., from bell (n.). Related: Belled; belling. Allusions to the story of the mice that bell the cat (so they can hear him coming) date to 1520s.

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bells in Medicine

Bell (běl), Sir Charles. 1774-1842.

British anatomist and surgeon who published detailed anatomies of the nervous system and the brain. He was the first to distinguish between sensory and motor nerves. Bell's Law and Bell's palsy are named for him.

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bells in Science
Bell
  (běl)   
Scottish-born American scientist and inventor whose lifelong interest in the education of deaf people led him to conceive the idea of transmitting speech by electric waves. In 1876 his experiments with a telegraph resulted in his invention of the telephone. He later produced the first successful sound recorder, an early hearing aid, and many other devices.
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Slang definitions & phrases for bells

bells

Related Terms

hell's bells, with bells on


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bells in the Bible

The bells first mentioned in Scripture are the small golden bells attached to the hem of the high priest's ephod (Ex. 28:33, 34, 35). The "bells of the horses" mentioned by Zechariah (14:20) were attached to the bridles or belts round the necks of horses trained for war, so as to accustom them to noise and tumult.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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Idioms and Phrases with bells

bell

In addition to the idiom beginning with
bell
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