n.1.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.
The Liberty Bell
the famous bell of the Philadelphia State House, which rang when the Continental Congress declared the Independence of the United States, in 1776. It had been cast in 1753, and upon it were the words "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land, to all the inhabitants thereof."
2.A hollow perforated sphere of metal containing a loose ball which causes it to sound when moved.
3.Anything in the form of a bell, as the cup or corol of a flower.
4.(Arch.) 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.
5.(Naut.) The strikes of the bell which mark the time; or the time so designated.
To bear away the bell
to win the prize at a race where the prize was a bell; hence, to be superior in something.
To bear the bell
to be the first or leader; - in allusion to the bellwether or a flock, or the leading animal of a team or drove, when wearing a bell.
- Fuller.
To curse by bell
a solemn form of excommunication used in the Roman Catholic church, the bell being tolled, the book of offices for the purpose being used, and three candles being extinguished with certain ceremonies.
To lose the bell
to be worsted in a contest.
- Nares.
To shake the bells
to move, give notice, or alarm.
- Fairfax.
Bell arch
(Arch.) an arch of unusual form, following the curve of an ogee.
Bell cage
(Arch.) a timber frame constructed to carry one or more large bells.
Bell cot
(Arch.) a small or subsidiary construction, frequently corbeled out from the walls of a structure, and used to contain and support one or more bells.
Bell deck
(Arch.) the floor of a belfry made to serve as a roof to the rooms below.
Bell founder
one whose occupation it is to found or cast bells.
Bell foundry
a place where bells are founded or cast.
Bell gable
(Arch.) a small gable-shaped construction, pierced with one or more openings, and used to contain bells.
Bell glass
See Bell jar.
Bell hanger
a man who hangs or puts up bells.
Bell pull
a cord, handle, or knob, connecting with a bell or bell wire, and which will ring the bell when pulled.
Bell punch
a kind of conductor's punch which rings a bell when used.
- Aytoun.
Bell ringer
one who rings a bell or bells, esp. one whose business it is to ring a church bell or chime, or a set of musical bells for public entertainment.
Bell roof
(Arch.) a roof shaped according to the general lines of a bell.
Bell rope
a rope by which a church or other bell is rung.
Bell tent
a circular conical-topped tent.
Bell trap
a kind of bell shaped stench trap.
v. t.1.To put a bell upon; as, to bell the cat.
[imp. & p. p. Belled ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Belling.]
2.To make bell-mouthed; as, to bell a tube.
v. i.1.To develop bells or corollas; to take the form of a bell; to blossom; as, hops bell.
v. t.1.To utter by bellowing.
v. i.1.To call or bellow, as the deer in rutting time; to make a bellowing sound; to roar.
As loud as belleth wind in hell.
- Chaucer.
The wild buck bells from ferny brake.
- Sir W. Scott.
Noun1.Bellbell - a hollow device made of metal that makes a ringing sound when struck
2.Bellbell - a push button at an outer door that gives a ringing or buzzing signal when pushed
Synonyms: buzzer, doorbell
3.bell - the sound of a bell being struck; "saved by the bell"; "she heard the distant toll of church bells"
Synonyms: toll
4.bell - (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.
Synonyms: ship's bell
5.Bellbell - the shape of a bell
Synonyms: bell shape, campana
6.Bell - a phonetician and father of Alexander Graham Bell (1819-1905)
7.Bell - English painter; sister of Virginia Woolf; prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group (1879-1961)
8.BellBell - United States inventor (born in Scotland) of the telephone (1847-1922)
9.bell - a percussion instrument consisting of vertical metal tubes of different lengths that are struck with a hammer
Synonyms: chime, gong
10.bell - the flared opening of a tubular device
Verb1.bell - attach a bell to; "bell cows"
1.BELL - An early system on the IBM 650 and Datatron 200 series.

Versions: BELL L2, BELL L3.

[Listed in CACM 2(5):16 (May 1959)].

2.(company)Bell - Bell Telephone or Bell Laboratories.
3.(character)bell - ASCII 7, ASCII mnemonic "BEL", the character code which prodces a standard audibile warning from the computer or terminal. In the teletype days it really was a bell, since the advent of the VDU it is more likely to be a sound sample (e.g. the sound of a bell) played through a loudspeaker.

Also called "G-bell", because it is typed as Control-G.

The term "beep" is preferred among some microcomputer hobbyists.

Compare feep, visible bell.
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