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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Belfry  \Bel"fry\,  n.  [OE.  berfray  movable  tower  used  in  sieges, 
  OF  berfreit  berfroit  F.  beffroi  fr  MHG.  bervrit 
  bercvrit  G.  bergfriede  fr  MHG.  bergen  to  protect  (G. 
  bergen  to  conceal)  +  vride  peace,  protection,  G.  friede 
  peace;  in  compounds  often  taken  in  the  sense  of  security,  or 
  place  of  security;  orig.  therefore  a  place  affording 
  security.  G.  friede  is  akin  to  E.  free  See  {Burg},  and 
  {Free}.] 
  1.  (Mil.  Antiq.)  A  movable  tower  erected  by  besiegers  for 
  purposes  of  attack  and  defense. 
 
  2.  A  bell  tower,  usually  attached  to  a  church  or  other 
  building,  but  sometimes  separate;  a  campanile. 
 
  3.  A  room  in  a  tower  in  which  a  bell  is  or  may  be  hung;  or  a 
  cupola  or  turret  for  the  same  purpose. 
 
  4.  (Naut.)  The  framing  on  which  a  bell  is  suspended. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  belfry 
  n  1:  a  bell  tower;  usually  stands  alone  unattached  to  a  building 
  [syn:  {campanile}] 
  2:  a  room  (often  at  the  top  of  a  tower)  where  bells  are  hung 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Belfry,  KY 
  Zip  code(s):  41514 
  Belfry,  MT 
  Zip  code(s):  59008 




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