- any of the half-hour units of nautical time rung on the bell of a ship.
- each individual ring of the bell, counted with others to reckon the time: It is now four bells.
- a signal on the telegraph of a large power vessel, made between the navigating officers and the engineer.
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verb (used without object)
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Idioms for bell
- to provide what is desired; be satisfactory or successful: This new book just doesn't ring my bell.
- Slang. to arouse sexually or bring someone to orgasm.
- (of a boxer) saved from a knockout by the ringing of a gong signaling the end of a round.
- (of any person) spared from anticipated trouble by some extraneous event.
Origin of bell1
OTHER WORDS FROM bellbell-less, adjective
Words nearby bell
Definition for bell (2 of 3)
verb (used with or without object)
Definition for bell (3 of 3)
What is a basic definition of bell?
A bell is a hollow instrument, usually resembling a hollow cup with a flaring mouth and made out of metal. Bell is also the sound that this object makes. Bell can also refer to something shaped like a bell. Bell has several other uses as a noun and verb.
Bells are common objects used to make sounds, usually to alert people to something. Bells come in many sizes and can make sounds that range from pleasant to shrill. Bells make noise either by being struck on the outside or by having something on the inside that strikes the inner surfaces.
Real-life examples: Churches often use bells to indicate the current hour or that a religious service has started or ended. Schools use bells to alert students that a class has begun or ended. Jingle bells are often seen and heard during the winter holiday season. The Liberty Bell is a large bell that is considered a national symbol of the United States.
Used in a sentence: The ringing of church bells could be heard all over town.
Bell also refers to the distinctive sound that bells make. The sound is most often described as a “ringing” or “jingling” sound.
Used in a sentence: The soldiers got out of bed at the bell.
A bell’s shape is often used as a point of reference.
Real-life examples: A line on a chart that goes up, levels off, and goes down again in a symmetrical pattern is often described as bell-shaped or as a bell curve. The chrysaora jellyfish is shaped like a bell. A bell pepper is a sweet pepper shaped like a bell. Anything shaped like a bell might be called bell-shaped.
Used in a sentence: The children were amazed by the bell-shaped body of the giant jellyfish.
Where does bell come from?
The first records of bell come from before the year 1000. It comes from the Old English word belle.
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What are some other forms related to bell?
- bell-less (adjective)
What are some synonyms for bell?
What are some words that share a root or word element with bell?
What are some words that often get used in discussing bell?
How is bell used in real life?
Bell is a common word that most often refers to a hollow instrument used to make sound.
MAN THE TOWERS, RING THE BELLS!
— Texas Tech Football (@TexasTechFB) June 1, 2014
Reminder: students taking the ASVAB test this morning should report straight to the media center at the first bell! Good luck!
— BRHS Counselors (@BRHScounselors) March 11, 2020
Why hasn't Taco Bell made a bell shaped taco, and call it The @TacoBell?
— Evan • Taste of Country Nights (@BigBoyRadio) July 2, 2013
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Is bell used correctly in the following sentence?
The line graph showed a bell shape, with a straight line from left to right.
Example sentences from the Web for bell
The options with bells and whistles aren’t necessarily what the professionals would recommend, but they can be the easiest to use.The best knife sharpener to keep your blades safe and effective|Edmund Torr|February 25, 2021|Popular Science
While they may not have bells and whistles, they can keep your feet warm for short outdoor activities.Best heated socks: The absolute warmest socks for cold conditions|PopSci Commerce Team|February 25, 2021|Popular Science
Instead, bus drivers will have to perform “double-runs” for elementary, middle and high schools, which means some kids will arrive at school after the first bell and other kids will get home later than they did pre-pandemic.Arlington, Alexandria move forward with school reopening plans|Hannah Natanson|February 19, 2021|Washington Post
Last year, Bell and Schwarber each saw his OPS fall off the cliff.The Nationals, like the rest of us, want to forget about 2020. That might be pretty smart.|Thomas M. Boswell|February 10, 2021|Washington Post
The Drop ENTR doesn’t boast any major bells and whistles, but it’s one of the best tenkeyless mechanical keyboards you can buy for less than $100.Best mechanical keyboard: Game, code, type, and work smoother and faster|PopSci Commerce Team|February 4, 2021|Popular Science
The bell tower bellows loudly when a little muscle power is put into it.
Movie buffs have commented endlessly on the bell-tower sequence in Vertigo.
There was only one phone left and when it would ring, the bell would echo, oddly, off the walls.
In Vertigo there's a strange cut in the first bell-tower sequence.
However, as she feared, The Bell Jar appeared to indifferent notices and the launch—which Ted attended—was rather low-key.
I was rather awed by his imposing appearance, and advanced timidly to the doors, which were of glass, and pulled the bell.Music-Study in Germany|Amy Fay
When the whole hunt is hunting up, each single change is made between the whole hunt, and the next bell above it.
Keep closely covered with a bell glass and, in a few weeks, more or less, the baby Ferns will start to put in an appearance.How to Know the Ferns|S. Leonard Bastin
Mrs. Vivian had hardly spoken when the sharp little vibration of her door-bell was heard in the hall.Confidence|Henry James
Every bell lies four times together before, and four times behind, except only when the extream changes are made behind.
British Dictionary definitions for bell (1 of 3)
- instruments used formerly in excommunications and other ecclesiastical acts
- informal the solemn ritual ratification of such acts
Word Origin for bell
British Dictionary definitions for bell (2 of 3)
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British Dictionary definitions for bell (3 of 3)
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Idioms and Phrases with bell
In addition to the idiom beginning with bell
- bell the cat, who will
- clear as a bell
- ring a bell
- saved by the bell
- sound as a bell
- with bells on