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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Mr. Balderby touched the spring of a handbell upon his table.

    Henry Dunbar M. E. Braddon
  • On the little table by her bed was a handbell, which presently she rang.

    Benita, An African Romance H. Rider Haggard
  • And taking a luxurious pull at his cigar, he rang the handbell.

    Five Tales John Galsworthy
  • The evolution from the handbell to the turret bell was doubtless slow.

  • Which done he banged the spring handbell on his table and waited.

    A Secret of the Lebombo Bertram Mitford
  • You must live with the handbell in your hand, that all may flee before you.

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

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

    Mrs. Maxon Protests Anthony Hope
  • Can the handbell rung in Roman Catholic churches at the elevation of the host have any connexion with the subject in question?

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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