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Definition: To bear the bell
, n. [AS. belle, fr. bellan to bellow. See Bellow
1. A hollow metallic vessel, usually shaped somewhat like a
cup with a flaring mouth, containing a clapper or tongue,
and giving forth a ringing sound on being struck.
Note: Bells have been made of various metals, but the best
have always been, as now, of an alloy of copper and
The Liberty Bell
, the famous bell of the Philadelphia State
House, which rang when the Continental Congress declared
the Independence of the United States, in 1776. It had
been cast in 1753, and upon it were the words “Proclaim
liberty throughout all the land, to all the inhabitants
2. A hollow perforated sphere of metal containing a loose
ball which causes it to sound when moved.
3. Anything in the form of a bell, as the cup or corol of a
flower. “In a cowslip's bell I lie.”
4. (Arch.) That part of the capital of a column included
between the abacus and neck molding; also used for the
naked core of nearly cylindrical shape, assumed to exist
within the leafage of a capital.
5. pl. (Naut.) The strikes of the bell which mark the time;
or the time so designated.
Note: On shipboard, time is marked by a bell, which is struck
eight times at 4, 8, and 12 o'clock. Half an hour after
it has struck “eight bells”
it is struck once, and at
every succeeding half hour the number of strokes is
increased by one, till at the end of the four hours,
which constitute a watch, it is struck eight times.
To bear away the bell
, to win the prize at a race where the
prize was a bell; hence, to be superior in something.
To bear the bell
, to be the first or leader; -- in allusion
to the bellwether or a flock, or the leading animal of a
team or drove, when wearing a bell.
To curse by bell
, and candle
, a solemn form of
excommunication used in the Roman Catholic church, the
bell being tolled, the book of offices for the purpose
being used, and three candles being extinguished with
certain ceremonies. --Nares.
To lose the bell
, to be worsted in a contest. “In single
fight he lost the bell.”
To shake the bells
, to move, give notice, or alarm. --Shak.
Note: Bell is much used adjectively or in combinations; as,
bell clapper; bell foundry; bell hanger; bell-mouthed;
bell tower, etc., which, for the most part, are
(Arch.), an arch of unusual form, following the
curve of an ogee.
, or Bell carriage
(Arch.), a timber frame
constructed to carry one or more large bells.
(Arch.), a small or subsidiary construction,
frequently corbeled out from the walls of a structure, and
used to contain and support one or more bells.
(Arch.), the floor of a belfry made to serve as a
roof to the rooms below.
, one whose occupation it is to found or cast
, or Bell foundery
, a place where bells are
founded or cast.
(Arch.), a small gable-shaped construction,
pierced with one or more openings, and used to contain
. See Bell jar
, a man who hangs or puts up bells.
, a cord, handle, or knob, connecting with a bell
or bell wire, and which will ring the bell when pulled.
, a kind of conductor's punch which rings a bell
, one who rings a bell or bells, esp. one whose
business it is to ring a church bell or chime, or a set of
musical bells for public entertainment.
(Arch.), a roof shaped according to the general
lines of a bell.
, a rope by which a church or other bell is rung.
, a circular conical-topped tent.
, a kind of bell shaped stench trap.