1. a hollow instrument of cast metal, typically cup-shaped with a flaring mouth, suspended from the vertex and rung by the strokes of a clapper, hammer, or the like.
2. the stroke or sound of such an instrument.
3. anything in the form of a bell.
4. the large end of a funnel, or the end of a pipe, tube, or any musical wind instrument, when its edge is turned out and enlarged.
5. Architecture. the underlying part of a foliated capital.
a. any of the half-hour units of nautical time rung on the bell of a ship.
b. each individual ring of the bell, counted with others to reckon the time: It is now four bells.
c. a signal on the telegraph of a large power vessel, made between the navigating officers and the engineer.
7. Zoology. Also umbrella - the saucer- or bowl-shaped, gelatinous body of a jellyfish .
8. Botany. the bell-shaped corolla of a flower.
9. Metallurgy. a conical lid that seals the top of a blast furnace and lowers to admit a charge.
–verb (used with object)
10.to cause to swell or expand like a bell (often followed by “out”).
11.to put a bell on.
–verb (used without object)
12.to take or have the form of a bell.
13.Botany. to produce bells; be in bell (said of hops when the seed vessels are forming).
–verb (used without object), verb (used with object)
1. to bellow like a stag in rutting time.
2. to bay, as a hunting dog.
3. the cry of a rutting stag or hunting dog.
The wind's bell
Lashing all with rain.
11th March 2018
5 days ago