bell bell  /ˈbɛl/


  1. (n) a hollow device made of metal that makes a ringing sound when struck
  2. (n) a push button at an outer door that gives a ringing or buzzing signal when pushed
  3. (n) the sound of a bell being struck
  4. (n) (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.
  5. (n) the shape of a bell
  6. (n) a phonetician and father of Alexander Graham Bell (1819-1905)
  7. (n) English painter; sister of Virginia Woolf; prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group (1879-1961)
  8. (n) United States inventor (born in Scotland) of the telephone (1847-1922)
  9. (n) a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned bells that are struck with a hammer; used as an orchestral instrument
  10. (n) the flared opening of a tubular device
  11. (v) attach a bell to


  1. On Christmas day in the morning, bellringers spit on their hands; they catch hold of the ropes that go up into rimed steeples.
  2. As an organ is to a piano, so is a carillon to an ordinary set of bells.
  3. When the church bells of France or Italy ring out in the sparkling air.


  1. Bell County Fair to begin Thursday

    Anthony Cloud Staff Writer The Bell County Fair opens Thursday at the Bell County Fairgrounds just off KY 92. The event will last Thursday, Friday and Saturday with several shows throughout. ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: The Middlesboro Daily

  2. Bell Mortgage hires loan officer in Rochester

    Bell Mortgage said Tuesday that it has hired Jason Griggs as a senior loan officer out of Rochester.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: Finance and Commerce

  3. Bell Aliant and GENBAND receive Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award

    Bell Aliant and GENBAND receive Global Telecoms Business Innovation Award
    on June 10, 2013     Source: CNW Group via Yahoo! Finance


  1. "He's a maniac," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "He knows he can't put any weight on that foot or he'll slow himself down. Anybody that's been around him two seconds knows he'll be ready to go when the bell rings. He's pretty unique."
    on Jun 30, 2010 By: Terry Francona Source: The Associated Press

  2. "This is the true alarm bell. This tells us that resistant strains are now circulating in the general population, spreading widely and largely silently in a growing pool of latent infection," director-general Margaret Chan said. "Obviously...
    on Mar 31, 2009 By: Margaret Chan Source: Reuters

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