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a small handheld bell, especially as part of a tuned set having different notes or pitches and played by a group.
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How to use hand bell in a sentence
"I will ask Angela," said Mrs. Luttrell, stretching out her hand to a little handbell which stood upon the table at her side.Under False Pretences|Adeline Sergeant
With widely-open eyes, the preacher flung himself against the mantel-piece and clutched at a handbell.
Lucky that I did so, for his landlady came in almost immediately in answer to the ring of the handbell.
Priscilla got up just as quickly out of her chair and rang the handbell furiously, her eyes on his, her face ablaze.The Princess Priscilla's Fortnight|Elizabeth von Arnim
"Let's see," said Feversham, and ringing a handbell upon the table, sent the servant for the Army List.The Four Feathers|A. E. W. Mason
British Dictionary definitions for hand bell
/ (ˈhændˌbɛl) /
a bell rung by hand, esp one of a tuned set used in musical performance
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