Verb bell Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:

(transitive) To attach a bell to. (transitive) To shape so that it flares out like a bell. (slang, transitive) To telephone. (intransitive) To develop bells or corollas; to take the form of a bell; to blossom.

More definition:

1.a hollow instrument of cast metal, typically cup-shaped with a flaring mouth, suspended from the vertex and rung by the strokes of a clapper, hammer, or the like.

2.the stroke or sound of such an instrument, We rose at the bell.

3.anything in the form of a bell.

4.the large end of a funnel, or the end of a pipe, tube, or any musical wind instrument, when its edge is turned out and enlarged.

5.Architecture. the underlying part of a foliated capital.

6.Nautical. 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.

7.Zoology. umbrella (def 2).

8.Botany. the bell-shaped corolla of a flower.

9.Metallurgy. a conical lid that seals the top of a blast furnace and lowers to admit a charge. cause to swell or expand like a bell (often followed by out), Belling out the tubes will permit a freer passage of air.1 put a bell on.
1 take or have the form of a bell. 1

3.Botany. to produce bells; be in bell (said of hops when the seed vessels are forming).

4.bell the cat. cat (def 19). 1

5.ring a bell, to evoke a memory, especially a vague or partial recollection; remind one of something, His name rings a bell but I can't remember him.1

6.ring someone's bell, to provide what is desired; be satisfactory or successful, This new book just doesn't ring my bell.Slang. to arouse sexually or bring someone to orgasm. Also, ring the bell. 1

7.saved by the bell, (of a boxer) saved from a knockout by the ringing of a gong signaling the end of a round. (of any person) spared from anticipated trouble by some extraneous event. 1

8.with bells on, Informal. eagerly; ready to enjoy oneself, Just say when, and we'll be there with bells on. bellow like a stag in rutting time. bay, as a hunting dog.

3.the cry of a rutting stag or hunting dog.

1.Acton[ak-tuh n]/ˈæk tən/(Show IPA) pen name of Anne Brontë.

2.Alexander Graham, 1847–1922, U.S. scientist, born in Scotland, inventor of the telephone.

3.(Arthur) Clive (Howard) 1881–1964, English critic of literature and art.

4.Currer[kur-er]/ˈkɜr ər/(Show IPA) pen name of Charlotte Brontë.

5.Ellis, pen name of Emily Brontë.

6.James Thomas ("Cool Papa") 1903–91, U.S. baseball player, a Negro Leagues outfielder noted for his speed.

7.John, 1797–1869, U.S. political leader, Speaker of the House 1834–3


8.a city in SW California, near Los Angeles.

1. a hollow, usually metal, cup-shaped instrument that emits a musical ringing sound when struck, often by a clapper hanging inside it

2. the sound made by such an instrument or device, as for showing the hours or marking the beginning or end of a period of time

3. an electrical device that rings or buzzes as a signal

4. the bowl-shaped termination of the tube of certain musical wind instruments, such as the trumpet or oboe

5. any musical percussion instrument emitting a ringing tone, such as a glockenspiel, one of a set of hand bells, etc Compare chime1 (sense 3)

6. (nautical) a signal rung on a ship's bell to count the number of half-hour intervals during each of six four-hour watches reckoned from midnight. Thus, one bell may signify 1


4.30, or

8.30 a.m. or p.m

7. See diving bell

8. (biology) a structure resembling a bell in shape, such as the corolla of certain flowers or the body of a jellyfish

9. (Brit, slang) a telephone call (esp in the phrase give someone a bell)

10. (Brit, informal) beat seven bells out of, knock seven bells out of, to give a severe beating to1
1. bell, book, and candle instruments used formerly in excommunications and other ecclesiastical acts (informal) the solemn ritual ratification of such acts 1

2. ring a bell, to sound familiar; recall to the mind something previously experienced, esp indistinctly1

3. sound as a bell, in perfect condition1

4. the bells, the ringing of bells, in a church or other public building, at midnight on December 31st, symbolizing the beginning of a new year verb 1

5. to be or cause to be shaped like a bell1

6. (transitive) to attach a bell or bells to1

7. bell the cat, to undertake a dangerous mission Word OriginOld English belle; related to Old Norse bjalla, Middle Low German bell; see bell² bell2 /bɛl/ noun
1. a bellowing or baying cry, esp that of a hound or a male deer in rut verb

2. to utter (such a cry) Word OriginOld English bellan; related to Old Norse belja to bellow, Old High German bellan to roar, Sanskrit bhāsate he talks; see bellow Bell /bɛl/ noun
1. Acton, Currer (ˈkʌrə), and Ellis. pen names of the sisters Anne, Charlotte, and Emily Brontë See Brontë

2. Alexander Graham. 1847–1922, US scientist, born in Scotland, who invented the telephone (1876)

3. Sir Francis Henry Dillon. 1851–1936, New Zealand statesman; prime minister of New Zealand (1925)

4. Gertrude (Margaret Lowthian). 1868–1926, British traveller, writer, and diplomat; secretary to the British High Commissioner in Baghdad (1917–26)

5. Joshua. born 1967, US violinist

6. Dame (Susan) Jocelyn, married name Jocelyn Burnell, born 1943, British radio astronomer, who discovered the first pulsar

7. Vanessa, original name Vanessa Stephen. 1879–1961, British painter; a member of the Bloomsbury group, sister of Virginia Woolf and wife of the art critic Clive Bell (1881–1964) Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
Old English belle, common North Sea Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch belle, Middle Low German belle) but not found elsewhere in Germanic (except as a borrowing), from PIE root *bhel- (4) "to sound, roar." Statistical bell curve was coined 1870s in French. Of glasses in the shape of a bell from 1640s. Bell pepper is from 1707, so called for its shape. Bell, book, and candle is a reference to a form of excommunication. To ring a bell "awaken a memory" (1934) is perhaps a reference to Pavlovian experiments.
"attach a bell," late 14c., from bell (n.). Related, Belled; belling. Allusions to the story of the mice that bell the cat (so they can hear him coming) date to 1520s.
In addition to the idiom beginning with bell also see, clear as a bell ring a bell saved by the bell sound as a bell with bells on The American Heritage® Idioms DictionaryCopyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. Cite This Source


Corn seasoned with red bell peppers and black beans made a colorful vegetable.

They looked towards her as the bell over the door rang.

The front door bell chimed away the Dean's reverie, an unusual occurrence when no new lodgers were expected.

She rang the bell again.

When he rang the bell, she yelled, Come in.

Dean copied the information from the forms, including the license num­bers, and then rang the bell summoning the manager.

A bell on the door jingled as she entered, and a middle-aged woman smiled a greeting from behind the counter.

The Russian Captain Vassili Chitschakov in 1765 and 1766 made two persevering attempts to penetrate the ice north of Spitsbergen, and reached 80° 30' N., while Russian parties twice wintered at Bell Sound.

By this time they had indulged in a good talk and Dorothy had told them all about the awful earthquake and her recent adventures, the breakfast bell rang from the palace and the little girl went inside to join her human comrades.

At the same moment the bell struck and school was dismissed.

He said, however, that I could be educated, and advised my father to consult Dr. Alexander Graham Bell of Washington, who would be able to give him information about schools and teachers of deaf or blind children.

Child as I was, I at once felt the tenderness and sympathy which endeared Dr. Bell to so many hearts, as his wonderful achievements enlist their admiration.

They read the nine thousandth tale about Zebulon and Sophronia, and how they loved as none had ever loved before, and neither did the course of their true love run smooth--at any rate, how it did run and stumble, and get up again and go on! how some poor unfortunate got up on to a steeple, who had better never have gone up as far as the belfry; and then, having needlessly got him up there, the happy novelist rings the bell for all the world to come together and hear, O dear! how he did get down again!

The hall porter sullenly pulled a bell that rang upstairs, and turned away.

In front, already far ahead the deep bell of the sleigh ringing farther and farther off, the black horses driven by Zakhar could be clearly seen against the white snow.

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