Tower of Babel
[ tou-er ]
/ ˈtaʊ ər /
See under Babel2(def 1).
Definition for tower of babel (2 of 2)
[ bey-buhl, bab-uhl ]
/ ˈbeɪ bəl, ˈbæb əl /
an ancient city in the land of Shinar in which the building of a tower (Tower of Babel) intended to reach heaven was begun and the confusion of the language of the people took place. Gen. 11:4–9.
(usually lowercase) a confused mixture of sounds or voices.
(usually lowercase) a scene of noise and confusion.
Origin of Babel2
From the Hebrew word Bābhel Babylon
Related formsBa·bel·ic [bey-bel-ik, ba-] /beɪˈbɛl ɪk, bæ-/, adjective
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On a nearer view it is more like a Tower-of-Babel concern, with its click and clatter.The Christian|Hall Caine
British Dictionary definitions for tower of babel (1 of 2)
/ (ˈbeɪbəl) /
- Also called: Tower of Babel a tower presumptuously intended to reach from earth to heaven, the building of which was frustrated when Jehovah confused the language of the builders (Genesis 11:1–9)
- the city, probably Babylon, in which this tower was supposedly built
(often not capital)
- a confusion of noises or voices
- a scene of noise and confusion
Word Origin for Babel
from Hebrew Bābhél, from Akkadian Bāb-ilu, literally: gate of God
British Dictionary definitions for tower of babel (2 of 2)
/ (Russian ˈbabɪl) /
Issak Emmanuilovich (iˈsak imənuˈiləvitʃ) 1894–1941, Russian short-story writer, whose works include Stories from Odessa (1924) and Red Cavalry (1926)
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