Meaning of BELL in English

I. ˈbel noun

Etymology: Middle English belle, from Old English; perhaps akin to Old English bellan to roar — more at bellow

Date: before 12th century


a. : a hollow metallic device that gives off a reverberating sound when struck

b. : doorbell


a. : the sounding of a bell as a signal

b. : a stroke of a bell (as on shipboard) to indicate the time ; also : the time so indicated

c. : a half hour period of a watch on shipboard indicated by the strokes of a bell — see ship's bells table below

3. : something having the form of a bell: as

a. : the corolla of a flower

b. : a bell-shaped organ or part (as the umbrella of a jellyfish or the dewlap of a moose)

c. : the part of the capital of a column between the abacus and neck molding

d. : the flared end of a wind instrument


a. : a percussion instrument consisting of metal bars or tubes that when struck give out tones resembling bells — usually used in plural

b. : glockenspiel

II. verb

Date: 14th century

transitive verb

1. : to provide with a bell

2. : to flare the end of (as a tube) into the shape of a bell

intransitive verb

: to take the form of a bell : flare

- bell the cat

III. intransitive verb

Etymology: Middle English, from Old English bellan

Date: before 12th century

: to make a resonant bellowing or baying sound

the wild buck bell s from ferny brake — Sir Walter Scott

IV. noun

Date: 1862

: bellow , roar

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.