bell1 [bel]
[ME & OE belle < IE base * bhel-, to sound, roar (orig. ? echoic) > BELLOW, ON belja, to roar]
1. a hollow object, usually cuplike, made of metal or other hard material which rings when struck, as by a clapper inside
2. such an object rung to mark the hours or the beginning and end of a period of time
3. the sound made by a bell
4. anything shaped like a bell, as a flower, the flare of a horn, etc.
5. [pl.] a musical instrument made up of a series of tuned metal bars or hollow tubes that are sounded by striking; specif.,
b) chimes: see CHIME1, n. 2
6. Naut.
a) a bell rung every half hour during each of the five four-hour watches and during the four-hour period comprising the two dog watches: the series of rings begins at one bell (12:30, 4:30, and 8:30 o'clock) and ends at eight bells (4:00, 8:00, and 12:00 o'clock)
b) any of these half-hour periods
1. to attach a bell or bells to
2. to shape like a bell
to flare out like a bell
bell2 [bel]
[ME bellen < OE bellan: see BELL1]
a bellow; roar
to utter long, deep sounds, as a hound in pursuit of game; bay; bellow

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