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bell

[ bel ]SEE DEFINITION OF bell

Synonyms for bell

  • Vesper
  • alarm
  • buzz
  • buzzer
  • carillon
  • chime
  • clapper
  • curfew
  • ding-dong
  • gong
  • peal
  • ringer
  • siren
  • tocsin
  • toll
  • dinger
  • tintinnabulum
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR BELL

There was no bell in the room, so that was the only way I had of doing it.

Accordingly he walked up boldly to the door, and rang the bell.

Hester had seen him from the window, and she answered the bell herself.

A bell had been tinkling nearer and nearer on the road ahead.

Fifty-two runs since yesterday at this time, and the bell still ringing.

The bell had rung—the curtain was up and the performances were about to begin.

"I hope she's at home," was Grace's anxious thought as she rang the bell.

A hundred doubts and fears were pressing upon him, and—the second bell rang.

That bell always did seem to have an evil influence on those boys.

A bell, for instance—as well expect to find a bell here as in Noah's Ark!

WORD ORIGIN

Old English belle, common North Sea Germanic (cf. Middle Dutch belle, Middle Low German belle) but not found elsewhere in Germanic (except as a borrowing), from PIE root *bhel- (4) "to sound, roar." Statistical bell curve was coined 1870s in French. Of glasses in the shape of a bell from 1640s. Bell pepper is from 1707, so called for its shape. Bell, book, and candle is a reference to a form of excommunication. To ring a bell "awaken a memory" (1934) is perhaps a reference to Pavlovian experiments.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR BELL

alarm

nounwarning, signaling device

chime

verbring, peal
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