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hand bell

or handbell

a small handheld bell, especially as part of a tuned set having different notes or pitches and played by a group. Unabridged
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  • With widely-open eyes, the preacher flung himself against the mantel-piece and clutched at a handbell.

    The Solitary Farm Fergus Hume
  • And taking a luxurious pull at his cigar, he rang the handbell.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • "Let's see," said Feversham, and ringing a handbell upon the table, sent the servant for the Army List.

    The Four Feathers A. E. W. Mason
  • You must live with the handbell in your hand, that all may flee before you.

  • She drew her veil over her face as she spoke, and, partially opening the door, rang my handbell.

    The Two Destinies Wilkie Collins
  • The darkness was closing in upon him, and he took up the handbell to ring for lights.

    After Dark Wilkie Collins
  • Lucky that I did so, for his landlady came in almost immediately in answer to the ring of the handbell.

    The Solitary Farm Fergus Hume
  • At the sound of his handbell, the landlady, a buxom dame of forty-five autumns, hastened to the couch of her profitable visitor.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed
  • The evolution from the handbell to the turret bell was doubtless slow.

  • "If there are no proceedings——" Maxon sharply struck the handbell on his table; Gibbons opened the door.

    Mrs. Maxon Protests Anthony Hope
British Dictionary definitions for handbell


a bell rung by hand, esp one of a tuned set used in musical performance
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for handbell

Old English handbelle; see hand (n.) + bell (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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