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Bell1 British & World English

A city in southwestern California, southeast of Los Angeles; population 36,657 (est. 2008)

bell1 British & World English

A hollow metal object, typically in the shape of a deep inverted cup widening at the lip, that sounds a clear musical note when struck, especially by means of a clapper inside

bell2 British & World English

The characteristic cry of a stag or buck at rutting time

Bell2 British & World English

Currer, Ellis, and Acton, the pseudonyms used by Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë

bell English Thesaurus

the bell rang for the start of school

Bell New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

, Currer, Ellis, and Acton, the pseudonyms used by Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë

the bell in bell1 British & World English

(In boxing and other sports) a bell rung to mark the start or end of a round

Bell, Alexander Graham British & World English

(1847–1922), Scottish-born American scientist. He invented a method for transmitting speech electrically and gave the first public demonstration of the telephone in 1876; he founded the Bell Telephone Company the following year

Bell, Gertrude British & World English

(1868–1926), English archaeologist, traveller, and supporter of Arab independence; full name Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell

Bell, Vanessa British & World English

(1879–1961), English painter and designer; born Vanessa Stephen. Together with her sister Virginia Woolf she was a prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group

Bell in bel British & World English

A unit used in the comparison of power levels in electrical communication or of intensities of sound, corresponding to an intensity ratio of 10 to 1

Bell in Bell's palsy British & World English

Paralysis of the facial nerve causing muscular weakness in one side of the face

Ma Bell British & World English

A nickname for the American Telephone and Telegraph Corporation

Baby Bell British & World English

A nickname for any of the telephone companies created in 1984 from the breakup of the telecommunications company AT&T, which was nicknamed “Ma Bell.”

bell buoy British & World English

A buoy equipped with a bell rung by the motion of the sea, warning shipping of shallow waters

bell jar British & World English

A bell-shaped glass cover used in a laboratory, typically for enclosing samples

bell-like British & World English

Producing a clear musical sound like that of a bell

bell pull British & World English

A cord or handle which rings a bell when pulled, typically used to summon someone from another room

bell push British & World English

A button that operates an electric bell when pushed

bell tent British & World English

A cone-shaped tent supported by a central pole

dumb-bell British & World English

A short bar with a weight at each end, used typically in pairs for exercise or muscle-building

fire bell British & World English

A bell, typically an electric one, that rings to give warning of a fire

alarm bell British & World English

A bell rung as a warning of danger

bell crank British & World English

A lever with two arms which have a common fulcrum at their junction

bell curve British & World English

A graph of a normal (Gaussian) distribution, with a large rounded peak tapering away at each end

bell glass British & World English

A bell-shaped glass cover used, especially formerly, as a cloche

bell magpie British & World English

See currawong and magpie222.

bell metal British & World English

An alloy of copper and tin for making bells, with a higher tin content than in bronze

bell pepper British & World English

North American term for sweet pepper.

bell-shaped British & World English

Having a shape that resembles that of a bell

bell tower British & World English

A tall narrow structure designed to house a bell or bells, typically forming part of a church

diving bell British & World English

An open-bottomed chamber supplied with air, in which a person can be let down under water

Lutine Bell British & World English

A bell kept at Lloyd’s in London and rung whenever there is an important announcement to be made to the underwriters. It was salvaged from HMS Lutine, which sank in 1799 with a large cargo of gold and bullion

slave bell British & World English

(In South Africa) a large bell hung between two whitewashed pillars, formerly used to summon slaves and mark the beginning and end of work periods

sleigh bell British & World English

A tinkling bell attached to the harness of a sleigh horse

Lutine Bell New Oxford Dictionary for Writers & Editors

bell rung at Lloyd's in London for announcements

bell-bottoms British & World English

Trousers with a marked flare below the knee

bell captain British & World English

The supervisor of a group of bellboys

Bell Gardens British & World English

A city east of Los Angeles, California; population 44,692 (est. 2008)

bell heather British & World English

A common European heather with relatively large purplish-red flowers

bell-ringing British & World English

The activity or pastime of ringing church bells or handbells

division bell British & World English

(In Britain) a bell rung in Parliament to announce an imminent division

Liberty Bell British & World English

A bell in Philadelphia first rung on 8 July 1776 to celebrate the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence. It bears the legend ‘Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof’ (Leviticus 25:10)

passing bell British & World English

A bell rung immediately after a death as a signal for prayers

sacring bell British & World English

A bell rung in some Christian churches at certain points during the Mass or Eucharist, especially at the elevation of the consecrated elements

sanctus bell British & World English

Another term for sacring bell.

bell the cat British & World English

Take the danger of a shared enterprise upon oneself


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