noun (used with a plural verb)
Origin of bells
Definition for bells (2 of 4)
- 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)
Origin of bell1
Related formsbell-less, adjective
Definition for bells (3 of 4)
verb (used with or without object)
Definition for bells (4 of 4)
Examples from the Web for bells
And the bells chimed for victory at 1211 Avenue of the Americas.
When the ship hit the rocks, the sound of bells ringing and alarms sounding echoed in the theater.The Costa Concordia’s Randy Reckless Captain Takes the Stand|Barbie Latza Nadeau|December 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Buses, vans, and cars sounded their horns, gun salutes rang out, the bells of Westminster Abbey pealed, and everyone cheered.Happy Birthday, Prince George! Will the Wee Royal Be the First King of the 22nd Century?|Emma Woolf|July 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Mountain sheep were everywhere, some sleeping by the road, some foraging, bells ringing from their necks as they moved.
You could strip away the bells and whistles and it would still be a perfectly excellent Mozart biography.Beguiling Books on Steroids Make Interactive Reading a Pleasure|Malcolm Jones|June 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In their incantations they use rattles, and also drums and bells.Musical Myths and Facts, Volume II (of 2)|Carl Engel
Meanwhile Jeliaboff had heard the solemn tolling of the bells in his prison cell.The White Terror and The Red|Abraham Cahan
It had gone three bells in the first dog watch; we had just finished tea, and gone on deck to smoke our evening pipe.Cats|W. Gordon Stables
A true cockney is supposed to be one born within hearing of these bells.Milton's England|Lucia Ames Mead
The bells of Venice were rejoicing with him, in this his blessed hour.Prisoners|Mary Cholmondeley
British Dictionary definitions for bells (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 bells (2 of 3)
Word Origin for bell
British Dictionary definitions for bells (3 of 3)
Medicine definitions for bells
Science definitions for bells
Idioms and Phrases with bells
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