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

bel2

[bel] /bɛl/
noun
1.
bael.
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British Dictionary definitions for bels'

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 bels'

Bel

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

bel

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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bels' in Medicine

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

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bels' in Science
bel
  (běl)   
A unit of measurement equal to ten decibels.
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bels' 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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