[ bel ]

  1. a unit of power ratio, equal to 10 decibels.

Origin of bel

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

Words Nearby bel

Other definitions for bel (2 of 3)

[ bel ]


Other definitions for Bel. (3 of 3)


  1. Belgian.

  2. Belgic.

  1. Belgium. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use bel in a sentence

  • bel is broken, Nebo is destroyed: their idols are put upon beasts and cattle, your burdens of heavy weight even unto weariness.

  • The king, therefore, put them to death, and delivered bel into the power of Daniel: who destroyed him and his temple.

  • But if you can shew that bel eateth these things, Daniel shall die, because he hath blasphemed against bel.

  • Don't you realize that you are about to be flung over a cliff and that a mad bull is waiting bel-o-o-w to catch you on his horns?

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  • I bel'eve that I'd rather guard wagon-trains and fight cavalry than have such another day as this.

British Dictionary definitions for bel (1 of 2)


/ (bɛl) /

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

Origin of bel

C20: named after Alexander Graham Bell

British Dictionary definitions for Bel (2 of 2)


/ (beɪl) /

  1. (in Babylonian and Assyrian mythology) the god of the earth

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Scientific definitions for bel


[ bĕl ]

  1. A unit of measurement equal to ten decibels.

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