Definition of "bell" []

  • A hollow metal musical instrument, usually cup-shaped with a flared opening, that emits a metallic tone when struck. (noun)
  • Something resembling such an instrument in shape or sound, as: (noun)
  • The round, flared opening of a wind instrument at the opposite end from the mouthpiece. (noun)
  • A percussion instrument consisting of metal tubes or bars that emit tones when struck. (noun)
  • A hollow, usually inverted vessel, such as one used for diving deep below the surface of a body of water. (noun)
  • A hollow, usually metal, cup-shaped instrument that emits a musical ringing sound when struck, often by a clapper hanging inside it (noun)

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  • The sound made by such an instrument or device, as for showing the hours or marking the beginning or end of a period of time (noun)
  • An electrical device that rings or buzzes as a signal (noun)
  • The bowl-shaped termination of the tube of certain musical wind instruments, such as the trumpet or oboe (noun)
  • Any musical percussion instrument emitting a ringing tone, such as a glockenspiel, one of a set of hand bells, etc (noun)
  • A signal rung on a ship's bell to count the number of half-hour intervals during each of six four-hour watches reckoned from midnight. Thus, one bell may signify 12.30, 4.30, or 8.30 a.m. or p.m (noun)
  • A structure resembling a bell in shape, such as the corolla of certain flowers or the body of a jellyfish (noun)
  • A telephone call (esp in the phrase give someone a bell) (noun)
  • To be or cause to be shaped like a bell (verb)
  • To attach a bell or bells to (verb) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "bell" in a sentence
  • "Pulchre's bell_, the great bell of St. Sepulchre's Holborn, close to Newgate, always begins to toll a little before the hour of execution, under the bequest of Richard Dove, who directed that an exhortation should be made to "... prisoners that are within, Who for wickedness and sin are appointed to die, Give ear unto this passing bell.""
  • "October 31 was a good day with a \ "vigorous, buoyant rally from bell to bell\"."
  • "The _passing bell_ is of older date than the canon of our church, which directs "that when any is passing out of this life, a bell shall be tolled, and the minister shall not then slack to do his duty."