bellows

The bellows for a church organ

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English belwes, plural of belu, belw, a northern form of beli, from Old English belg

NounEdit

bellows

  1. A device for delivering pressurized air in a controlled quantity to a controlled location. At its most simple terms a bellows is a container which is deformable in such a way as to alter its volume which has an outlet or outlets where one wishes to blow air.
    When wood fires were common, so were bellows for helping start them.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 8, Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      That concertina was a wonder in its way. The handles that was on it first was wore out long ago, and he'd made new ones of braided rope yarn. And the bellows was patched in more places than a cranberry picker's overalls.
  2. Any flexible container or enclosure, as one used to cover a moving joint.
  3. (informal or archaic) The lungs.
  4. (photography) Flexible, light-tight enclosures connecting the lensboard and the camera back.
Usage notesEdit
  • "Bellows" is used with both singular and plural verbs. One can even find "A bellows is/was".
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Etymology 2Edit

See bellow

NounEdit

bellows

  1. plural form of bellow

VerbEdit

bellows

  1. third-person singular simple present indicative form of bellow

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