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bellows


  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bellows  \Bel"lows\,  n.  sing.  &  pl  [OE.  bely,  below,  belly, 
  bellows,  AS  b[ae]lg,  b[ae]lig,  bag,  bellows,  belly.  Bellows 
  is  prop.  a  pl  and  the  orig.  sense  is  bag.  See  {Belly}.] 
  An  instrument,  utensil,  or  machine,  which  by  alternate 
  expansion  and  contraction,  or  by  rise  and  fall  of  the  top 
  draws  in  air  through  a  valve  and  expels  it  through  a  tube  for 
  various  purposes,  as  blowing  fires,  ventilating  mines,  or 
  filling  the  pipes  of  an  organ  with  wind. 
 
  {Bellows  camera},  in  photography,  a  form  of  camera,  which  can 
  be  drawn  out  like  an  accordion  or  bellows. 
 
  {Hydrostatic  bellows}.  See  {Hydrostatic}. 
 
  {A  pair  of  bellows},  the  ordinary  household  instrument  for 
  blowing  fires,  consisting  of  two  nearly  heart-shaped 
  boards  with  handles,  connected  by  leather,  and  having  a 
  valve  and  tube. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  bellows 
  n  :  a  mechanical  device  that  blows  air  onto  a  fire  to  make  it 
  burn  more  fiercely  [syn:  {blower}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Bellows 
  occurs  only  in  Jer.  6:29,  in  relation  to  the  casting  of  metal. 
  Probably  they  consisted  of  leather  bags  similar  to  those  common 
  in  Egypt. 
 




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