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Definitions of bellows

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

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Usage examples for bellows

  1. It was he whose high mission it was to blow the bellows of civil war, and to scatter curses over what had once been the smiling abodes of human creatures, throughout the leading countries of Christendom. – History of the United Netherlands, 1592-94 by John Lothrop Motley
  2. Then she goes back again to the chimney- corner, and taking up the bellows blows the fire beneath the potatoes, turning her back in this manner upon the young people with a natural delicacy worthy of better birth and better education. – Mrs. Geoffrey by Duchess
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