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  11  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bell  \Bell\,  n.  [AS.  belle,  fr  bellan  to  bellow.  See  {Bellow}.] 
  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. 
 
  Note:  Bells  have  been  made  of  various  metals,  but  the  best 
  have  always  been  as  now  of  an  alloy  of  copper  and 
  tin. 
 
  {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.  ``In  a  cowslip's  bell  I  lie.''  --Shak. 
 
  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.  pl  (Naut.)  The  strikes  of  the  bell  which  mark  the  time; 
  or  the  time  so  designated. 
 
  Note:  On  shipboard,  time  is  marked  by  a  bell,  which  is  struck 
  eight  times  at  4,  8,  and  12  o'clock.  Half  an  hour  after 
  it  has  struck  ``eight  bells''  it  is  struck  once,  and  at 
  every  succeeding  half  hour  the  number  of  strokes  is 
  increased  by  one  till  at  the  end  of  the  four  hours, 
  which  constitute  a  watch,  it  is  struck  eight  times. 
 
  {To  bear  away  the  bell},  to  win  the  prize  at  a  race  where  the 
  prize  was  a  bell;  hence  to  be  superior  in  something 
  --Fuller. 
 
  {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. 
 
  {To  curse  by  bell},  {book},  {and  candle},  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.  --Nares. 
 
  {To  lose  the  bell},  to  be  worsted  in  a  contest.  ``In  single 
  fight  he  lost  the  bell.''  --Fairfax. 
 
  {To  shake  the  bells},  to  move  give  notice,  or  alarm.  --Shak. 
 
  Note:  Bell  is  much  used  adjectively  or  in  combinations;  as 
  bell  clapper;  bell  foundry;  bell  hanger;  bell-mouthed; 
  bell  tower,  etc.,  which  for  the  most  part  are 
  self-explaining. 
 
  {Bell  arch}  (Arch.),  an  arch  of  unusual  form  following  the 
  curve  of  an  ogee. 
 
  {Bell  cage},  or  {Bell  carriage}  (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},  or  {Bell  foundery},  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. 
  --Aytoun. 
 
  {Bell  punch},  a  kind  of  conductor's  punch  which  rings  a  bell 
  when  used 
 
  {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. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bell  \Bell\,  v.  t.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Belled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Belling}.] 
  To  put  a  bell  upon  as  to  bell  the  cat. 
 
  2.  To  make  bell-mouthed;  as  to  bell  a  tube. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bell  \Bell\,  v.  i. 
  To  develop  bells  or  corollas;  to  take  the  form  of  a  bell;  to 
  blossom;  as  hops  bell. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bell  \Bell\,  v.  t.  [AS.  bellan  See  {Bellow}.] 
  To  utter  by  bellowing.  [Obs.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bell  \Bell\,  v.  i. 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bell 
  n  1:  a  hollow  device  made  of  metal  that  makes  a  ringing  sound 
  when  struck 
  2:  a  push  button  at  an  outer  door  [syn:  {doorbell},  {buzzer}] 
  3:  the  sound  of  a  bell:  "saved  by  the  bell" 
  4:  (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. 
  [syn:  {ship's  bell}] 
  5:  the  shape  of  a  bell  [syn:  {bell  shape},  {campana}] 
  6:  (1847-1922)  American  inventor  of  the  telephone  [syn:  {Bell}, 
  {Alexander  Bell},  {Alexander  Graham  Bell}] 
  7:  a  percussion  instrument  consisting  of  vertical  metal  tubes 
  of  different  lengths  that  are  struck  with  a  hammer  [syn:  {chime}, 
  {gong}] 
  8:  the  flared  opening  of  a  tubular  device 
  v  :  attach  a  bell  to  "bell  cows" 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Bell,  CA  (city,  FIPS  4870) 
  Location:  33.97965  N,  118.17825  W 
  Population  (1990):  34365  (9401  housing  units) 
  Area:  6.6  sq  km  (land),  0.5  sq  km  (water) 
  Bell,  FL  (town,  FIPS  4975) 
  Location:  29.75578  N,  82.86189  W 
  Population  (1990):  267  (111  housing  units) 
  Area:  3.3  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  32619 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  Bell 
 
    {Bell  Telephone}  or  {Bell  Laboratories}. 
 
  (1997-04-07) 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  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}. 
 
  (1997-04-08) 
 
 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  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)]. 
 
  [Is  Datatron  version  the  same?] 
 
  (1994-12-06) 
 
 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Bell 
  The  bells  first  mentioned  in  Scripture  are  the  small  golden 
  bells  attached  to  the  hem  of  the  high  priest's  ephod  (Ex.  28:33, 
  34,  35).  The  "bells  of  the  horses"  mentioned  by  Zechariah 
  (14:20)  were  attached  to  the  bridles  or  belts  round  the  necks  of 
  horses  trained  for  war,  so  as  to  accustom  them  to  noise  and 
  tumult. 
 




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