Meaning of BELL in English

BELL

~ 1

■ noun

1》 a hollow object, typically made of metal and in the shape of a deep inverted cup, that sounds a clear musical note when struck.

↘the sound or stroke of a ~, used as a signal.

2》 ( ~s ) a musical instrument consisting of a set of metal tubes, suspended in a frame and played by being struck.

3》 Nautical (preceded by a numeral) the time as indicated every half-hour of a watch by the striking of the ship's ~ one to eight times: at five ~s in the forenoon of June 11.

4》 something ~-shaped, in particular the end of a trumpet.

■ verb

1》 summon or indicate with a ~.

2》 flare outwards in the shape of a ~.

Phrases

~ the cat take the danger of a shared enterprise upon oneself. [an allusion to a fable in which the mice suggest hanging a ~ around the cat's neck to have warning of its approach.]

~s and whistles attractive additional features or trimmings.

( as ) clear (or sound) as a ~ perfectly clear (or sound).

give someone a ~ Brit. informal telephone someone.

ring a ~ informal revive a distant recollection.

Origin

OE ~e , of Gmc origin; perh. related to ~ 2 .

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~ 2

■ noun the cry of a stag or buck at rutting time.

■ verb (of a stag or buck) make this cry.

Origin

OE ~an 'to ~ow', of Gmc origin.

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