English dictionary

bell meaning and definition

BELL noun

Definition of bell (noun)

  1. a hollow device made of metal that makes a ringing sound when struck
  2. a push button at an outer door that gives a ringing or buzzing signal when pushed
  3. the sound of a bell being struck
    • "saved by the bell"; "she heard the distant toll of church bells"
    • synonyms: toll
  4. (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.
  5. the shape of a bell
  6. a phonetician and father of Alexander Graham Bell (1819-1905)
  7. English painter; sister of Virginia Woolf; prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group (1879-1961)
  8. United States inventor (born in Scotland) of the telephone (1847-1922)
  9. a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned bells that are struck with a hammer; used as an orchestral instrument
  10. the flared opening of a tubular device

BELL verb

Definition of bell (verb)

  1. attach a bell to
    • "bell cows"
Source: Princeton University Wordnet