- 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.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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
Related formsbell-less, adjective
Definition for bell (2 of 3)
verb (used with or without object)
Definition for bell (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for bell
The bell tower bellows loudly when a little muscle power is put into it.
There was only one phone left and when it would ring, the bell would echo, oddly, off the walls.Alfred Hitchcock’s Fade to Black: The Great Director’s Final Days|David Freeman|December 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
However, as she feared, The Bell Jar appeared to indifferent notices and the launch—which Ted attended—was rather low-key.
“This is important for people in the US,” Bell told The Daily Beast in August.Ted Cruz saves America in This Right-Wing Coloring Book|Asawin Suebsaeng|November 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All of that, and the fact that hardly anyone within the state knows who the hell Bell is, and Booker is only polling modestly.The Ugly Truth About Cory Booker, New Jersey’s Golden Boy|Olivia Nuzzi|October 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When he heard him ring the bell on the second floor, an uneasy expression came over his face.The Goose Man|Jacob Wassermann
He said the portrait of Mrs Housman was Bell's chef-d'oeuvre.Passing By|Maurice Baring
The table was all set and Bridget was just going to ring the bell, but the monkey didn't wait for her.
Quickly she touched a bell, and in the next instant the coach had stopped and the footman was at the open door.
She rang the bell and requested a room immediately, as she wanted to get ready for afternoon service.At Home And Abroad|Margaret Fuller Ossoli
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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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