noun Chiefly Midland U.S.
Origin of belling
- 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
verb (used with or without object)
Origin of bell2
Related Words for bellingclang, sound, crash, bell, roar, thunder, crack, toll, resonate, rumble, knell, resound, reverberate, ring, bong, roll, strike, signal, summon, warn
Examples from the Web for belling
Historical Examples of belling
In a storm on Hallowe'en is heard the belling of his hounds.The Book of Hallowe'en
Ruth Edna Kelley
Then arose the question, who should bell the cat, or rather, who should lead the cat to the belling.Mary Anerley
R. D. Blackmore
Just then too, I heard the belling bay of the hound Master, and waited for the next.Ayesha
H. Rider Haggard
Lī′bellant, one who brings a libel; Lī′beller; Lī′belling, defaming.
And those shrill cries now belling through the mountain heights ought to draw everyone of their species within miles.Storm Over Warlock
- instruments used formerly in excommunications and other ecclesiastical acts
- informalthe solemn ritual ratification of such acts
Word Origin for bell
Word Origin for bell
"attach a bell," late 14c., from bell (n.). Related: Belled; belling. Allusions to the story of the mice that bell the cat (so they can hear him coming) date to 1520s.
Old English belle, common North Sea Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch belle, Middle Low German belle) but not found elsewhere in Germanic (except as a borrowing), from PIE root *bhel- (4) "to sound, roar." Statistical bell curve was coined 1870s in French. Of glasses in the shape of a bell from 1640s. Bell pepper is from 1707, so called for its shape. Bell, book, and candle is a reference to a form of excommunication. To ring a bell "awaken a memory" (1934) is perhaps a reference to Pavlovian experiments.
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