Definitions of bell

  1. To grow in the form of bells, as buds or flowers. To bear the bell, to be leader, in allusion to the bell- wether of a flock. To shake the bells, to give an alarm. To bear away the bell, to take the prize. To curse by bell, book, and candle, an excommunication accompanied by the tolling of a bell. To bell the cat, to encounter and cripple one of greatly superior force; from the fable of the mice resolving to put a bell on the cat. Passing bell, a bell rung when any one was dying, that the neighbours might pray for his soul.
  2. To put a bell upon; as, to bell the cat.
  3. To make bell- mouthed; as, to bell a tube.
  4. To utter by bellowing.
  5. To put a bell on; as, to bell a cat.
  6. To develop bells or corollas; to take the form of a bell; to blossom; as, hops bell.
  7. To call or bellow, as the deer in rutting time; to make a bellowing sound; to roar.
  8. To put on a bell.
  9. To grow in the form of bells; to make a loud noise.
  10. a hollow device made of metal that makes a ringing sound when struck
  11. the flared opening of a tubular device
  12. the sound of a bell; " saved by the bell"
  13. English painter; sister of Virginia Woolf; prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group ( 1879- 1961)
  14. ( nautical) each of the eight half- hour units of nautical time signaled by strokes of a ship's bell; eight bells signals 4: 00, 8: 00, or 12: 00 o'clock, either a. m. or p. m.
  15. the sound of a bell being struck; " saved by the bell"; " she heard the distant toll of church bells"
  16. United States inventor ( born in Scotland) of the telephone ( 1847- 1922)
  17. a phonetician and father of Alexander Graham Bell ( 1819- 1905)
  18. A hollow metallic vessel, usually shaped somewhat like a cup with a flaring mouth, containing a clapper or tongue, and giving forth a ringing sound on being struck.
  19. A hollow perforated sphere of metal containing a loose ball which causes it to sound when moved.
  20. Anything in the form of a bell, as the cup or corol of a flower.
  21. That part of the capital of a column included between the abacus and neck molding; also used for the naked core of nearly cylindrical shape, assumed to exist within the leafage of a capital.
  22. The strikes of the bell which mark the time; or the time so designated.
  23. A hollow metallic vessel, usually cup- shaped, and giving forth a clear, ringing sound when struck; anything in the form of a bell, as the corolla of a flower.
  24. A hollow vessel of metal with a tongue or clapper inside, which rings when moved: anything bell- shaped.
  25. A hollow vessel of metal which rings when struck; anything shaped like a bell.
  26. A hollow metallic instrument for giving forth a sound when struck.
  27. A hollow body of metal, enlarged or expanded at the mouth, so compounded as to emit a clear, ringing sound when struck; anything in form of a bell.
  28. A hollow body producing musical sounds when struck; anything expanding mouth outwards like a bell, as the cups of flowers.