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Definition 1: a hollow device made of metal that makes a ringing sound when struck - [noun denoting artifact]

(bell is a kind of ...) a device for amplifying or transmitting sound

(bell is a kind of ...) a device used to send signals

(... is a kind of bell ) a bell attached to a sleigh, or to the harness of a horse that is pulling a sleigh

(... is a kind of bell ) a bell attached to the door of a small shop; warns the proprietor that a customer has entered the shop

(... is a kind of bell ) a bell hung round the neck of a sheep so that the sheep can be easily located

(... is a kind of bell ) a bell rung to announce beginning or ending of class

(... is a kind of bell ) a bell used to sound an alarm

(... is a kind of bell ) a bell rung to give a fire alarm

(... is a kind of bell ) a bell activated by the magnetic effect of an electric current

(... is a kind of bell ) a bell rung to announce that dinner has been served

(... is a kind of bell ) a bell rung to announce a death

(... is a kind of bell ) a bell hung around the neck of cow so that the cow can be easily located

(... is a kind of bell ) a bell in a church tower (usually sounded to summon people to church)

"church bells were ringing all over town"

(... is an instance of bell) the bell of Independence Hall; rung 8 July 1776 to announce the signing of the Declaration of Independence

(bell is a part of ...) metal striker that hangs inside a bell and makes a sound by hitting the side

(bell is a part of ...) contact (the part of a bell) against which the clapper strikes

Definition 2: a push button at an outer door that gives a ringing or buzzing signal when pushed - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for bell in the sense of this definition

(bell is a kind of ...) an electrical switch operated by pressing

"the elevator was operated by push buttons" "the push beside the bed operated a buzzer at the desk"

(... is a kind of bell ) a doorbell to be used at night

Definition 3: the flared opening of a tubular device - [noun denoting artifact]

(bell is a kind of ...) a vacant or unobstructed space that is man-made

"they left a small opening for the cat at the bottom of the door"

(... is part of bell) a short musket of wide bore with a flared muzzle

(... is part of bell) a conically shaped utensil having a narrow tube at the small end; used to channel the flow of substances into a container with a small mouth

(... is part of bell) a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by an enclosed column of air that is moved by bellows or the human breath

Definition 4: a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned bells that are struck with a hammer; used as an orchestral instrument - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for bell in the sense of this definition

(bell is a kind of ...) a musical instrument in which the sound is produced by one object striking another

(... is a kind of bell ) set of bells hung in a bell tower

(... is a kind of bell ) a bell that is held in the hand

Definition 5: the sound of a bell being struck - [noun denoting event]

Samples where bell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • saved by the bell
  • she heard the distant toll of church bells

Synonyms for bell in the sense of this definition

(bell is a kind of ...) the sudden occurrence of an audible event

"the sound awakened them"

(... is a kind of bell ) the sound of a bell rung slowly to announce a death or a funeral or the end of something

(... is a kind of bell ) the sound of a bell rung in Roman Catholic churches to announce the time when the Angelus should be recited

Definition 6: United States inventor (born in Scotland) of the telephone (1847-1922) - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for bell in the sense of this definition

(bell is an instance of ...) someone who is the first to think of or make something

Definition 7: English painter; sister of Virginia Woolf; prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group (1879-1961) - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for bell in the sense of this definition

(bell is an instance of ...) an artist who paints

(... is a member of bell) an inner circle of writers and artists and philosophers who lived in or around Bloomsbury early in the 20th century and were noted for their unconventional lifestyles

Definition 8: a phonetician and father of Alexander Graham Bell (1819-1905) - [noun denoting person]

Synonyms for bell in the sense of this definition

(bell is an instance of ...) a specialist in phonetics

Definition 9: the shape of a bell - [noun denoting shape]

Synonyms for bell in the sense of this definition

(bell is a kind of ...) the trace of a point whose direction of motion changes

Definition 10: (nautical) each of the eight half-hour units of nautical time signaled by strokes of a ship's bell; eight bells signals 4:00, 8:00, or 12:00 o'clock, either a.m. or p.m. - [noun denoting time]

Synonyms for bell in the sense of this definition

(bell is a kind of ...) a unit for measuring time periods

(bell belongs to category ...) the work of a sailor

Definition 11: attach a bell to - [verb of contact]

Samples where bell or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • bell cows

(bell is a kind of ...) cause to be attached

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