Meaning of BELL in English

bell S2 W3 /bel/ BrE AmE noun [countable]

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: belle ]

1 . a piece of electrical equipment that makes a ringing sound, used as a signal or to get someone’s attention

ring/press the bell

He rang the bell and waited for someone to answer the door.

She walked up the path and rang the door bell.

a bell rings/goes

The bell went and everyone rushed out of the classroom.

2 .

a hollow metal object like a cup with a piece of metal hanging inside it, that makes a ringing noise when it moves or you shake it:

church bells

3 . give somebody a bell British English spoken to telephone someone:

I must give Vicky a bell later.

4 . something that is shaped like a bell:

the bell of a flower

⇨ alarm bells ring at ↑ alarm 1 (5), ⇨ as clear as a bell at ↑ clear 1 (10), ⇨ ↑ diving bell , ⇨ ring a bell at ↑ ring 2 (4)

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COLLOCATIONS (for Meaning 2)

■ verbs

▪ a bell rings

I could hear the church bells ringing in the distance.

▪ ring a bell

He was ringing a big brass bell.

▪ a bell rings out (=it rings loudly)

The bells rang out to celebrate the end of the war.

▪ a bell sounds

Somewhere across the valley a bell sounded.

▪ a bell chimes (=it rings a certain number of times, in order to tell you the time of day)

The bells began to chime, calling people to church.

▪ a bell tolls (=it slowly rings with a long low sound, when someone has died)

The church bell was tolling mournfully as the carriage entered the cemetery gate.

▪ a bell tinkles (=a small bell rings with a gentle high sound)

We were sleeping under the stars, camel bells tinkling in a cool breeze.

■ NOUN + bell

▪ a church bell

She woke on Sunday morning to the sound of church bells.

▪ wedding bells (=rung when people marry in a church)

Mark and Bridget seem very happy and we expect to hear wedding bells soon.

■ phrases

▪ a peal of bells (=the sound of bells being rung several times)

From the temple he could hear the peal of bells.

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