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doorbell

[dawr-bel, dohr-] /ˈdɔrˌbɛl, ˈdoʊr-/
noun
1.
a bell chime, or the like, at a door or connected with a door, rung by persons outside wanting someone inside to open the door.
verb (used without object)
2.
to canvass or solicit from door to door, especially for votes or contributions.
Origin of doorbell
1805-1815
First recorded in 1805-15; door + bell1
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  • Thus it was possible to ring the doorbell from the pavement, and this the stranger did.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • He was on his way to the telephone when the doorbell buzzed.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • “I think that was the doorbell,” she remarked, a trifle sharply.

    Cap'n Warren's Wards Joseph C. Lincoln
  • They had scarcely risen from the table when the doorbell rang.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Just as they were about to take their seats at the table the doorbell rang.

    Cap'n Dan's Daughter Joseph C. Lincoln
Word Origin and History for doorbell
n.

c.1815, from door + bell (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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