bel

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[bel]

Origin of bel

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First recorded in 1925–30; named after A. G. Bell

bel

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[bel]
noun
  1. bael.

Bel.

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bel

noun
  1. a unit for comparing two power levels, equal to the logarithm to the base ten of the ratio of the two powersSymbols: B, b See also decibel

Word Origin for bel

C20: named after Alexander Graham Bell

Bel

noun
  1. (in Babylonian and Assyrian mythology) the god of the earth
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Word Origin and History for bel

Bel

heaven-and-earth god of Babylonian religion, from Akkadian Belu, literally "lord, owner, master," cognate with Hebrew ba'al.

adj.

"beautiful," early 14c., from Old French bel, belle "beautiful, fair, fine" (see belle). "Naturalized in ME.; but after 1600 consciously French" [OED].

n.

unit of power level in measuring sound, 1929, named for Scottish-born telephone pioneer Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922).

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bel in Medicine

bel

[bĕl]
n.
  1. A unit expressing the relative intensity of a sound, equal to ten decibels.
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bel in Science

bel

[bĕl]
  1. A unit of measurement equal to ten decibels.
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