- n a hollow device made of metal that makes a ringing sound when struck
- n a push button at an outer door that gives a ringing or buzzing signal when pushed
- n the sound of a bell being struck
saved by the bell
she heard the distant toll of church bells
- 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.
- n the shape of a bell
- n a phonetician and father of Alexander Graham Bell (1819-1905)
- n English painter; sister of Virginia Woolf; prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group (1879-1961)
- n United States inventor (born in Scotland) of the telephone (1847-1922)
- n a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned bells that are struck with a hammer; used as an orchestral instrument
- n the flared opening of a tubular device
- v attach a bell to
- On Christmas day in the morning, bellringers spit on their hands; they catch hold of the ropes that go up into rimed steeples.
- For 123 years the copper-hued tsurigane (hanging bell) of Tokyo's Nishi-arai Dai-shi Temple rang out over the city, its tone as rich as a mighty organ.
- As an organ is to a piano, so is a carillon to an ordinary set of bells.
- Terry Francona in The Associated Press
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."
- Margaret Chan in Reuters
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...