gable-shaped construction, pierced with one or more openings, and used to contain bells. Bell glass.
See Bell jar. Bell hanger, a man who hangs or puts up bells. Bell pull, a cord, handle, or
knob, connecting with a bell or bell wire, and which will ring the bell when pulled. Aytoun. Bell
punch, a kind of conductor's punch which rings a bell when used. Bell ringer, 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. Bell roof (Arch.), a roof shaped according to the general lines of a bell.
Bell rope, a rope by which a church or other bell is rung. Bell tent, a circular conical-topped tent.
Bell trap, a kind of bell shaped stench trap.
(Bell) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Belled ; p. pr. & vb. n. Belling.] To put a bell upon; as, to bell the
2. To make bell-mouthed; as, to bell a tube.
(Bell), v. i. To develop bells or corollas; to take the form of a bell; to blossom; as, hops bell.
(Bell), v. t. [AS. bellan. See Bellow.] To utter by bellowing. [Obs.]
(Bell), v. i. To call or bellow, as the deer in rutting time; to make a bellowing sound; to roar.
As loud as belleth wind in hell.
The wild buck bells from ferny brake.
Sir W. Scott.
(Bel`la*don"na) n. [It., literally fine lady; bella beautiful + donna lady.] (Bot.) (a) An herbaceous
European plant (Atropa belladonna) with reddish bell-shaped flowers and shining black berries. The
whole plant and its fruit are very poisonous, and the root and leaves are used as powerful medicinal
agents. Its properties are largely due to the alkaloid atropine which it contains. Called also deadly nightshade.
(b) A species of Amaryllis (A. belladonna); the belladonna lily.
(Bell" an`i*mal"cule) (Zoöl.) An infusorian of the family Vorticellidæ, common in fresh-water
(Bell" bear`er) (Zoöl.) A Brazilian leaf hopper remarkable for the four bell- shaped appendages
of its thorax.
(Bell"bird`) n. [So called from their notes.] (Zoöl.) (a) A South American bird of the genus
Casmarhincos, and family Cotingidæ, of several species; the campanero. (b) The Myzantha melanophrys
(Bell" crank`) A lever whose two arms form a right angle, or nearly a right angle, having its
fulcrum at the apex of the angle. It is used in bell pulls and in changing the direction of bell wires at
angles of rooms, etc., and also in machinery.
(Belle) n. [F. belle, fem. of bel, beau, beautiful, fine. See Beau.] A young lady of superior
beauty and attractions; a handsome lady, or one who attracts notice in society; a fair lady.