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Tower of Babel

[tou-er] /ˈtaʊ ər/
noun
1.
See under Babel (def 1).

Babel

[bey-buh l, bab-uh l] /ˈbeɪ bəl, ˈbæb əl/
noun
1.
an ancient city in the land of Shinar in which the building of a tower (Tower of Babel) intended to reach heaven was begun and the confusion of the language of the people took place. Gen. 11:4–9.
2.
(usually lowercase) a confused mixture of sounds or voices.
3.
(usually lowercase) a scene of noise and confusion.
Origin
< Hebrew Bābhel Babylon
Related forms
Babelic
[bey-bel-ik, ba-] /beɪˈbɛl ɪk, bæ-/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Synonyms
3. tumult, turmoil, uproar, bedlam, clamor.
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British Dictionary definitions for Tower of Babel

Babel1

/ˈbeɪbəl/
noun
1.
(Old Testament)
  1. Also called Tower of Babel. a tower presumptuously intended to reach from earth to heaven, the building of which was frustrated when Jehovah confused the language of the builders (Genesis 11:1–9)
  2. the city, probably Babylon, in which this tower was supposedly built
2.
(often not capital)
  1. a confusion of noises or voices
  2. a scene of noise and confusion
Word Origin
from Hebrew Bābhél, from Akkadian Bāb-ilu, literally: gate of God

Babel2

/Russian ˈbabɪl/
noun
1.
Issak Emmanuilovich (iˈsak imənuˈiləvitʃ) 1894–1941, Russian short-story writer, whose works include Stories from Odessa(1924) and Red Cavalry (1926)
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Word Origin and History for Tower of Babel

Babel

capital of Babylon, late 14c., from Hebrew Babhel (Gen. xi), from Akkadian bab-ilu "Gate of God" (from bab "gate" + ilu "god"). The name is a translation of Sumerian Ka-dingir. Meaning "confused medley of sounds" (1520s) is from the biblical story of the Tower of Babel.

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