From Middle English belle, from Old English belle (“bell”), from Proto-Germanic *bellǭ. Cognate with West Frisian belle, bel, Dutch bel, Low German Belle, Bel, Danish bjelde, Swedish bjällra, Norwegian bjelle, Icelandic bjalla.
bell (plural bells)
- A percussive instrument made of metal or other hard material, typically but not always in the shape of an inverted cup with a flared rim, which resonates when struck.
- The sounding of a bell as a signal.
- 2011 December 18, Ben Dirs, “Carl Froch outclassed by dazzling Andre Ward”, in BBC Sport:
- Referee Steve Smoger was an almost invisible presence in the ring as both men went at it, although he did have a word with Froch when he landed with a shot after the bell at the end of the eighth.
- (chiefly Britain, informal) A telephone call.
- I’ll give you a bell later.
- A signal at a school that tells the students when a class is starting or ending.
- (music) The flared end of a brass or woodwind instrument.
- (nautical) Any of a series of strokes on a bell (or similar), struck every half hour to indicate the time (within a four hour watch)
- The flared end of a pipe, designed to mate with a narrow spigot.
- (computing) A device control code that produces a beep (or rings a small electromechanical bell on older teleprinters etc.).
- Anything shaped like a bell, such as the cup or corolla of a flower.
- 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene i]:
- In a cowslip's bell I lie.
- (architecture) The 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.
- An instrument situated on a bicycle's handlebar, used by the cyclist to warn of his or her presence.
- bell-bottom, bell-bottomed
- bells and smells, smells and bells
- agogo bell
- alarm bell
- altar bell
- Angelus bell
- bear away the bell
- bear the bell
- bell animalcule
- bell arch
- bell, book and candle
- bell buoy
- bell button
- bell captain
- bell chord
- bell cot
- bell cow
- bell curve
- bell deck
- bell end
- bell gable
- Bell Green
- bell housing
- bell jar
- bell lerp
- bell metal
- bell miner (Manorina melanophrys)
- bell pepper
- bell punch
- bell ringer
- bell rope
- bells and whistles
- bell tent
- bell the cat
- bell tower
- bell trap
- bell tree
- bell work
- Canterbury bells
- Christmas bells
- church bell
- clear as a bell
- coral bells, coralbells, coral-bells (Heuchera)
- death bell
- diving bell
- diving bell spider
- give someone a bell
- harebell (Campanula rotundifolia)
- hell's bells
- jingle bell
- lose the bell
- market bell
- Mass bell
- mountain bell (Darwinia)
- mule bell
- Oconee bells
- passing bell
- peal of bells
- pull the other one, it's got bells on
- ring a bell
- ring of bells
- ring one's bell
- ring someone's bell
- sacring bell
- saints' bell
- sance bell
- sanctus bell
- save by the bell
- ship's bells
- sound as a bell
- swimming bell
- tubular bells
- unring a bell
- with bells on
- yellow bells
- you can't unring a bell
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
- (study of bells): campanology
- (expert in bells): campanist, campanologist
- (player of bells): bell-ringer, carilloner, carilloneur, carillonist, ringer, tintinnabulary, tintinnabulist
- (playing of bells): bell-ringing, tintinnabulation, tintinnabulism, tintinnation
- (bell-related): campanistic, campanologic, campanarian, tintinnabular, tintinnabular, tintinnabulary, tintinnabulatory, tintinnabulous
- (related to a peal of bells or bell tower): campanilian
- (bell-shaped): bell-shaped, campanal, campaniform, campaniliform, campanular, campanulate, campanulated, campanulous, tintinnabulate
- (containing bells): campaned
- (sounding like a small bell): jingling, tinkling, tintinnabulant, tintinnabulating, tintinnating
- (transitive) To attach a bell to.
- Who will bell the cat?
- (transitive) To shape so that it flares out like a bell.
- to bell a tube
- (slang, transitive) To telephone.
- 2006, Dominic Lavin, Last Seen in Bangkok:
- "Vinny, you tosser, it's Keith. I thought you were back today. I'm in town. Bell us on the mobile.
- (intransitive) To develop bells or corollas; to take the form of a bell; to blossom.
- Hops bell.
From Middle English bellen, from Old English bellan (“to bellow; make a hollow noise; roar; bark; grunt”), from Proto-Germanic *bellaną (“to sound; roar; bark”), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- (“to sound; roar; bark”). Cognate with Scots bell (“to shout; speak loudly”), Dutch bellen (“to bark”), German Low German bellen (“to ring”), German bellen (“to bark”), Swedish böla (“to low; bellow; roar”).
- (intransitive) To bellow or roar.
- 1774, Oliver Goldsmith, A History of the Earth, and Animated Nature:
- This animal is said to harbour in the place where he resides. When he cries, he is said to bell; the print of his hoof is called the slot; his tail is called the single; his excrement the fumet; his horns are called his head [...].
- 1894 May, Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book, London; New York, N.Y.: Macmillan and Co., published June 1894, OCLC 752934375:
- As the dawn was breaking the Sambhur belled / Once, twice and again!
- 1872, Robert Browning, Fifine at the Fair:
- You acted part so well, went alɬ-fours upon earth / The live-long day, brayed, belled.
- 1955, William Golding, The Inheritors, Faber and Faber 2005, page 128:
- Then, incredibly, a rutting stag belled by the trunks.
- (transitive) To utter in a loud manner; to thunder forth.
bell (plural bells)
- “bell” in Diccionari de la llengua catalana, segona edició, Institut d’Estudis Catalans.
- “bell” in Gran Diccionari de la Llengua Catalana, Grup Enciclopèdia Catalana.
- “bell” in Diccionari normatiu valencià, Acadèmia Valenciana de la Llengua.
- “bell” in Diccionari català-valencià-balear, Antoni Maria Alcover and Francesc de Borja Moll, 1962.
- Soft mutation of .
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