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[dawr-bel, dohr-] /ˈdɔrˌbɛl, ˈdoʊr-/
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)
to canvass or solicit from door to door, especially for votes or contributions.
Origin of doorbell
1805-15; door + bell1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • 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.
  • She doesn't bark when the doorbell rings or when we're out walking her.
  • She also goes crazy when she hears a doorbell or someone knocking, even if it is on the television.
  • While doing so the doorbell rang, and from across the apartment a familiar face appeared.
  • One night they are having dinner at his house when the doorbell rings.
  • She moved to another rooming-house, they located her and rang her doorbell.
  • It would be twice having rung the doorbell and not taken her to the dance.
Word Origin and History for doorbell

c.1815, from door + bell (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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