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bellows

[ bel-ohz, -uhz ]
/ ˈbɛl oʊz, -əz /
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noun (used with a singular or plural verb)
a device for producing a strong current of air, consisting of a chamber that can be expanded to draw in air through a valve and contracted to expel it through a tube.
anything resembling or suggesting bellows in form, as the collapsible part of a camera or enlarger.
the lungs.
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Origin of bellows

before 900; Middle English bel(o)wes (plural), Old English belg, short for blǣst belg, plural belgas blast-bag; cognate with Dutch blaasbalg,German Blasebalg,Old Norse belgr.See belly

OTHER WORDS FROM bellows

bel·lows·like, adjective

Other definitions for bellows (2 of 2)

Bellows
[ bel-ohz ]
/ ˈbɛl oʊz /

noun
George Wesley, 1882–1925, U.S. painter and lithographer.
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British Dictionary definitions for bellows

bellows
/ (ˈbɛləʊz) /

noun (functioning as singular or plural)
Also called: pair of bellows an instrument consisting of an air chamber with flexible sides or end, a means of compressing it, an inlet valve, and a constricted outlet that is used to create a stream of air, as for producing a draught for a fire or for sounding organ pipes
photog a telescopic light-tight sleeve, connecting the lens system of some cameras to the body of the instrument
a flexible corrugated element used as an expansion joint, pump, or means of transmitting axial motion

Word Origin for bellows

C16: from plural of Old English belig belly
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