- 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.
Origin of bellows
- George Wesley,1882–1925, U.S. painter and lithographer.
- to emit a hollow, loud, animal cry, as a bull or cow.
- to roar; bawl: bellowing with rage.
- to utter in a loud deep voice: He bellowed his command across the room.
- an act or sound of bellowing.
Origin of bellow
Related Words for bellowsclamor, yelp, wail, roar, bluster, bray, cry, rout, blare, bawl, bay, whoop, shout, call, low, bark, yell, yawp, shriek, scream
Examples from the Web for bellows
Contemporary Examples of bellows
Some operate like bellows, creating an accordion-like sound as they aspirate.How to Save Silent Movies: Inside New Jersey’s Cinema Paradiso
October 2, 2014
Another Maine operative, a Democrat who has worked with Bellows agreed.
“Susan Collins was elected 18 years ago, when I was graduating from college,” Bellows told The Daily Beast.
To be clear, Bellows is not a millennial, but rather half a generation older.
And she crushed her last two competitors, both of whom were better known than Bellows.
Historical Examples of bellows
The cottage had once been a smithy, and the bellows had been left in its place.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
The man with the bellows jumped down from his bucket and ran eagerly after him.Prince Vance
A cloth should never be used, for it leaves some lint behind; but take off the dust with a painter's brush, or a pair of bellows.
Rotha could hear the thick breathing of the bellows and the thin tinkle of the anvil.The Shadow of a Crime
He's lodged at the Bull, and bellows like one when he speaks of what you owe him.Mistress Wilding
- 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
- (intr) to make a loud deep raucous cry like that of a bull; roar
- to shout (something) unrestrainedly, as in anger or pain; bawl
- the characteristic noise of a bull
- a loud deep sound, as of pain or anger
Word Origin for bellow
- Saul . 1915–2005, US novelist, born in Canada. His works include Dangling Man (1944), The Adventures of Angie March (1954), Herzog (1964), Humboldt's Gift (1975), The Dean's December (1981), and Ravelstein (2000): Nobel prize for literature 1976
Word Origin and History for bellows
c.1200, belwes, literally "bags," plural of belu, belw, northern form of beli, from late Old English belg "bag, purse, leathern bottle" (see belly (n.)). Reduced from blæstbælg, literally "blowing bag." Used exclusively in plural since 15c., probably due to the two handles.
apparently from Old English bylgan "to bellow," from PIE root *bhel- (4) "to sound, roar." Originally of animals, especially cows and bulls; used of human beings since c.1600. Related: Bellowed; bellowing. As a noun from 1779.