doorbell

[dawr-bel, dohr-]
noun
1.
a bell chime, or the like, at a door or connected with a door, rung by persons outside wanting someone inside to open the door.
verb (used without object)
2.
to canvass or solicit from door to door, especially for votes or contributions.

Origin:
1805–15; door + bell1

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Example sentences
The best approach is the simplest: go to the ministry of state security and
  ring the doorbell.
Same goes if he's on the phone and the doorbell rings.
And this dog is huge, so he really looks ridiculous when he runs and jumps into
  my sister's bathtub whenever the doorbell rings.
He charges the door when people come to the house or ring the doorbell.
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