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Definitions of bellows

  1. a mechanical device that blows air onto a fire to make it burn more fiercely Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. An instrument, utensil, or machine, which, by alternate expansion and contraction, or by rise and fall of the top, draws in air through a valve and expels it through a tube for various purposes, as blowing fires, ventilating mines, or filling the pipes of an organ with wind. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. An instrument for producing a current of air, and used for various purposes, such as blowing fires, or filling organ pipes. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. An instrument to blow with. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  5. An instrument for forcing air upon a fire, for blowing organs, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  6. A contrivance for blowing a fire, or supplying wind to an organ. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. An instrument or machine for blowing up a fire, or for supplying the pipes of an organ with wind. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. The word occurs only in ( Jeremiah 6:29 ) where it denotes an instrument to heat a smelting furnace. Wilkinson in "Ancient Egypt," iii. 338, says, "They consisted of a leather, secured and fitted into a frame, from which a long pipe extended for carrying the wind to the fire. They were worked by the feet, the operator standing upon them, with one under each foot, and pressing them alternately, while he pulled up each exhausted skin with a string he held in his hand." biblestudytools.com
  9. occurs only in Jeremiah 6:29 , in relation to the casting of metal. Probably they consisted of leather bags similar to those common in Egypt. biblestudytools.com
  10. bel'l[=o]z, or bel'lus, n.pl. an instrument for producing a current of air so as to blow up a fire, either in a kitchen, a furnace, or a forge--or for producing the current of air by which the pipes and reeds of an organ are sounded: (fig.) that which fans the fire of hatred, jealousy, &c.: the lungs. [Same as BELLY (q.v.); now used only in pl., the sing. not having survived the 15th century.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  11. Portable or fixed contrivance for driving air into a fire or through apertures of wind instrument; pair of b., two-handled for fire; means used to fan passion &c.; the lungs (b. to mend, of broken-winded horse). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  12. n. sing. & pl. [Anglo-Saxon] An instrument for propelling air through a tube, for various purposes. Cabinet Dictionary
  13. The instrument used to blow the fire. Complete Dictionary

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