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  1. American inventor of the telephone (1847-1922) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. attach a bell to; "bell cows" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a hollow device made of metal that makes a ringing sound when struck Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. the flared opening of a tubular device Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a percussion instrument consisting of vertical metal tubes of different lengths that are struck with a hammer Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. a push button at an outer door that gives a ringing or buzzing signal when pushed Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. the sound of a bell; "saved by the bell" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. English painter; sister of Virginia Woolf; prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group (1879-1961) Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. the shape of a bell Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. (nautical) each of the eight half-hour units of nautical time signaled by strokes of a ship's bell; eight bells signals 4:00, 8:00, or 12:00 o'clock, either a.m. or p.m. Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. the sound of a bell being struck; "saved by the bell"; "she heard the distant toll of church bells" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. United States inventor (born in Scotland) of the telephone (1847-1922) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  13. a phonetician and father of Alexander Graham Bell (1819-1905) Wordnet Dictionary DB
  14. A hollow metallic vessel, usually shaped somewhat like a cup with a flaring mouth, containing a clapper or tongue, and giving forth a ringing sound on being struck. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. A hollow perforated sphere of metal containing a loose ball which causes it to sound when moved. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Anything in the form of a bell, as the cup or corol of a flower. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. That part of the capital of a column included between the abacus and neck molding; also used for the naked core of nearly cylindrical shape, assumed to exist within the leafage of a capital. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. The strikes of the bell which mark the time; or the time so designated. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. To put a bell upon; as, to bell the cat. Webster Dictionary DB
  20. To make bell-mouthed; as, to bell a tube. Webster Dictionary DB
  21. To develop bells or corollas; to take the form of a bell; to blossom; as, hops bell. Webster Dictionary DB
  22. To utter by bellowing. Webster Dictionary DB
  23. To call or bellow, as the deer in rutting time; to make a bellowing sound; to roar. Webster Dictionary DB
  24. A hollow metallic vessel, usually cup-shaped, and giving forth a clear, ringing sound when struck; anything in the form of a bell, as the corolla of a flower. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  25. To put a bell on; as, to bell a cat. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  26. A hollow vessel of metal with a tongue or clapper inside, which rings when moved: anything bell-shaped. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  27. A hollow vessel of metal which rings when struck; anything shaped like a bell. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  28. To put a bell on; shape like a bell; make a bell - like sound. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  29. A hollow metallic instrument for giving forth a sound when struck. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  30. A hollow body of metal, enlarged or expanded at the mouth, so compounded as to emit a clear, ringing sound when struck; anything in form of a bell. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  31. To put on a bell. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  32. To grow in the form of bells, as buds or flowers. To bear the bell, to be leader, in allusion to the bell-wether of a flock. To shake the bells, to give an alarm. To bear away the bell, to take the prize. To curse by bell, book, and candle, an excommunication accompanied by the tolling of a bell. To bell the cat, to encounter and cripple one of greatly superior force; from the fable of the mice resolving to put a bell on the cat. Passing bell, a bell rung when any one was dying, that the neighbours might pray for his soul. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  33. A hollow body producing musical sounds when struck; anything expanding mouth outwards like a bell, as the cups of flowers. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  34. To grow in the form of bells; to make a loud noise. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  35. The bells first mentioned in Scripture are the small golden bells attached to the hem of the high priest's ephod ( Exodus 28:33 Exodus 28:34 Exodus 28:35 ). 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. biblestudytools.com
  36. An early system on the IBM 650 and Datatron 200 series.Versions: BELL L2, BELL L3.[Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959)].[Is Datatron version the same?] foldoc_fs
  37. Bell Telephone or Bell Laboratories. foldoc_fs
  38. ASCII 7, ASCII mnemonic "BEL", the charactercode which prodces a standard audibile warning from thecomputer or terminal. In the teletype days it really was abell, since the advent of the VDU it is more likely to be asound sample (e.g. the sound of a bell) played through aloudspeaker.Also called "G-bell", because it is typed as Control-G.The term "beep" is preferred among some microcomputerhobbyists.Compare feep, visible bell. foldoc_fs
  39. bel, n. a hollow vessel of metal, which gives forth a ringing sound when struck by the tongue or clapper suspended inside--as in church-bell, hand-bell, alarm-bell, night-bell, marriage-bell, &c.: a corolla shaped like a bell: the body of a Corinthian or composite capital, without the surrounding foliage: anything bell-shaped, as in diving-bell, bell-glass, the bell or outward-turned orifice of a trumpet, &c.: a bell rung to tell the hour: (naut.) the bell struck on shipboard every half-hour as many times as there are half-hours of the watch elapsed--'two bells,' 'three bells,' &c., meaning that there are two or three half-hours past; the watch of four hours is eight bells.--v.t. to furnish with a bell, esp. in TO BELL THE CAT, to take the leading part in any hazardous movement, from the ancient fable of the mice who proposed to hang a warning bell round the cat's neck.--ns. BELL'COTE (archit.), an ornamental structure made to contain one or two bells, and often crowned by a small spire; BELL'-CRANK, a rectangular lever in the form of a crank, used for changing the direction of bell-wires; BELL'-FOUND'ER, one who founds or casts bells; BELL'-GLASS, a bell-shaped glass for sheltering flowers; BELL'-HANG'ER, one who hangs and repairs bells; BELL'MAN, one who rings a bell, esp. on the streets, before making public announcements: a town-crier; BELL'-MET'AL, the metal of which bells are made--an alloy of copper and tin; BELL'-PUNCH, a hand-punch containing a signal-bell, used for punching a hole in a ticket in order to keep a record of the number of fares taken; BELL'-RING'ER, one whose business it is to ring a bell on stated occasions: a performer with musical hand-bells; BELL'-ROPE, the rope by which a bell is rung.--adj. BELL'-SHAPED.--ns. BELL'-TOW'ER, a tower built to contain one or more bells, a campanile; BELL'-TUR'RET, a turret containing a bell-chamber, usually crowned with a spire; BELL'-WETH'ER, the leading sheep of a flock, on whose neck a bell is hung: (fig.) any loud, turbulent fellow, esp. the leader of a mob.--BELL, BOOK, AND CANDLE, a phrase popularly used in reference to a form of excommunication ending with the words, 'Do to [shut] the book, quench the candle, ring the bell.'--TO BEAR or CARRY OFF THE BELL, to have or to gain the first place. [A.S. belle; cog. with Dut. bel.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  40. bel, n. a bubble formed in a liquid. [Ety. dub.; cf. Dut. bel, a bubble in water, perh. from L. bulla, bubble in water.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  41. bel, v.i. to bellow, roar: to utter loudly.--n. the cry of a stag at rutting-time. [A.S. bellan, to roar; cf. Ger. bellen.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  42. Hollow body of cast metal in deep cup shape widening at lip made to emit musical sound when struck; (Naut.) one to eight bb., half hours of watch; b.-shaped object, as flower corolla (BLUE, CANTERBURY, B.). Bear, carry away, the b., be first, win; b., book, & candle, in allusion to eccles. cursing formula; sound, clear, as a b., quite sound or clear (in other senses besides the acoustic); b.-bird, Brazilian and Austral. kinds with b.-like note; b.-buoy, with warning b. rung by waves motion; b.-flower, any plant of genus Campanula; b.-founder, -founding, -foundry, caster, casting, & manufactory, of bb.; b.-glass, b.-shaped as cover for plants; b.-hanger, artisan who puts up bb. & wires; b.-metal, alloy of copper& tin (more tin than in bronze) for bb.; b.-pull, cord or handle attached to b.-wire; b.-wether, leading sheep of flock with b. on neck, ringleader. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  43. Furnish with bell (s); b. the cat, take the danger of a common enterprise on oneself (fable of mice& cats). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  44. (Make the) cry of stag or buck at rutting-time. [old English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  45. b.-ringing, esp. of changes &c. on church bells. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  46. (Arch.) The capital of a Corinthian or Composite column, without the foliage; which is like a bell reversed. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  47. (Naut.) Watch (q.v.). Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  48. Names assumed by Anne, Charlotte, Emily Bronte, authoresses. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  49. n. [Anglo-Saxon] A hollow metallic vessel which gives forth a clear, ringing sound on being struck;—any thing in the form of a bell, as the cup or calyx of a flower. Cabinet Dictionary
  50. A vessel, or hollow body of cast metal, formed to make a noise by the act of some instrument striking against it; it is used for any thing in the form of a bell, as the cups of flowers. Complete Dictionary

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