Meaning of BELLOWS in English


— bellowslike , adj.

/bel"ohz, -euhz/ , n. ( used with a sing. or pl. v. )

1. a device for producing a strong current of air, consisting of a chamber that can be expanded to draw in air through a valve and contracted to expel it through a tube.

2. anything resembling or suggesting bellows in form, as the collapsible part of a camera or enlarger.

3. the lungs.

[ bef. 900; ME bel(o ) wes (pl.), OE belg, short for blaest belg, pl. belgas blast-bag; c. D blaasbalg, G Blasebalg, ON belgr. See BELLY ]

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