• WordNet 3.6
    • n belling a noisy mock serenade (made by banging pans and kettles) to a newly married couple
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Additional illustrations & photos:

"The mule pulled the string of the bell." "The mule pulled the string of the bell."
A Swallow's Nest on the Crank of a Bell-wire A Swallow's Nest on the Crank of a Bell-wire
Tongham Church, with Wooden Tower for Bells Tongham Church, with Wooden Tower for Bells
The "Six Bells" Inn, Horley The "Six Bells" Inn, Horley
Kits Coty House and "Blue Bell" From the Painting by Gegan Kits Coty House and "Blue Bell" From the Painting by Gegan

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The largest bell in the world is the Tsar Kolokol in the Kremlin in Moscow. It’s 20’ 2” high and 21’ 8” in diameter. Cast in 1735, it weighs 222.56 tons and has never been wrung. It cracked before it was installed.
    • n Belling A bellowing, as of a deer in rutting time.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There have been over 600 lawsuits against Alexander Grahm Bell over rights to the patent of the telephone, the most valuable patent in U.S. history.
    • n belling In submarine operations, the use of the diving-bell.
    • n belling Formerly, bellowing; in modern use. the noise made by a deer in rutting-time.
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  • Ezra Pound
    “The act of bell ringing is symbolic of all proselytizing religions. It implies the pointless interference with the quiet of other people.”
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins
    Gerard Manley Hopkins
    “Towery city and branching between towers; Cuckoo-echoing, bell-swarmed, lark-charmed, rook-racked, river-rounded.”
  • Henry Ward Beecher
    “When a nation's young men are conservative, its funeral bell is already rung.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Come, let's have one other gaudy night. Call to me. All my sad captains. Fill our bowls once more. Let's mock the midnight bell.”
  • Erich Segal
    Erich Segal
    “True love comes quietly, without banners or flashing lights. If you hear bells, get your ears checked.”
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
    “I heard the bells on Christmas Day. Their old familiar carols play. And wild and sweet the words repeat. Of peace on earth goodwill to men.”


Bell the cat - To bell the cat is to perform a difficult or impossible task.
Bells and whistles - Bells and whistles are attractive features that things like computer programs have, though often a bit unnecessary.
Bells on - (USA) To be somewhere with bells on means to arrive there happy and delighted to attend.
Clear as a bell - If something is as clear as a bell, it is very clear or easy to understand.
Pull the other one, it's got brass bells on - This idiom is way of telling somebody that you don't believe them. The word 'brass' is optional.
Ring a bell - If something rings a bell, it reminds you of something you have heard before, though you may not be able to remember it very well. A name may ring a bell, so you know you have heard the name before, but cannot place it properly.
Saved by the bell - If you are saved by the bell, you are rescued from a danger or a tricky situation just in time.
Sound as a bell - If something or someone is as sound as a bell, they are very healthy or in very good condition.
Who will ring the bell? - 'Who will ring the bell?' asks who will assume the responsibility to help us out of a difficult situation.
You can't unring a bell - This means that once something has been done, you have to live with the consequences as it can't be undone.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Bell to bellow


In literature:

She had a dauntless heart, that same Belle: such was the staple of Belle's conversation.
"Lavengro the Scholar - the Gypsy - the Priest" by George Borrow
Round the chest is a row of brass sleigh-bells, and one large bell hangs round the neck.
"From Pole to Pole" by Sven Anders Hedin
The bells were ringing, more from long habit now.
"A Little Girl in Old Detroit" by Amanda Minnie Douglas
Miss Belle looked at me and burst out laughing, too.
"The Blunders of a Bashful Man" by Metta Victoria Fuller Victor
The snake's bells keep ringin'.
"The Best Short Stories of 1917" by Various
Belle, what were you briefed for?
"The Galaxy Primes" by Edward Elmer Smith
The U. P. bell did not ring at all, and the kirk gates were not opened.
"Auld Licht Idylls" by J. M. Barrie
We sat down, and Belle made tea and did the honours of the meal.
"The Romany Rye a sequel to "Lavengro"" by George Borrow
One thing was evident, that Miss Wetherell was the belle of the ship.
"A Bid for Fortune" by Guy Boothby
The famous Bell Rock, lying twelve miles off the coast of Forfarshire, was a prolific source of destruction to shipping.
"The Lighthouse" by R.M. Ballantyne

In poetry:

It's sweet de birds is singin'
De songs you lovin' so;
But de harves' bells is ringin';
Hoe yo' row!
Hoe yo' row!
"Hoe Your Row" by Frank Lebby Stanton
I heard last eve, at set of sun,
The death-bell on the gale.
It was no earthly melody:--
The eglantine grew pale;
"The Highland Girl's Lament" by Mary Gardiner Horsford
His henchmen sing, his hawk-bells ring,
His belted jewels shine!
Oh, Keith of Ravelston,
The sorrows of thy line!
"A Nuptial Eve" by Sydney Thompson Dobell
Then of fright and dread the kings flung
Away yew-tree bow
(The Chapel bell slow rung
With the bleak wind's blow).
"The Death-Sprite" by Cale Young Rice
When the passing-bell doth toll,
And the furies in a shoal
Come to fright a parting soul,
Sweet Spirit, comfort me!
"His Litany, To The Holy Spirit" by Robert Herrick
Far from ye all--oh, dead, bewailed!
The fog-bell deafens me empaled
Upon this rock--I feel enjailed--
Though free.
"The Exile’s Desire" by Victor Marie Hugo

In news:

Frank's Lenten-Stuffed Bell Pepper Patties.
When you stuff mirlitons or eggplants or bell pepper s, do your guests eat the vegetables along with the stuffing.
Bell Pepper & Beef Curry.
A combination of green beans, red bell pepper s and sweet mango makes this beef curry recipe colorful.
Timm Mews has been standing at Festival Foods in Marshfield ringing his bell for 48 hours.
Salvation Army seeks bell ringer s.
In this file photo from 2008, Nadia Scales of Fort Lauderdale practices her bell-ringing skills during a Salvation Army staff orientation.
Solar storm could become severe ' bell ringer ' in next 24 hours (+video).
As news came on July 7, 1958, that Eisenhower had signed the Alaska Statehood Act in the White House, it so happened the designated bell ringer could not take off work.
Salvation Army Bell Ringer Campaign Still Underway.
Enlarge Buy This Photo Toledo Mayor Mike Bell stands with his mother, Ora Bell, and his father Norman Bell on top of the Great Wall of China.
1 medium onion1 to 2 packages of Hillshire Farms beef smoked sausage1 green bell pepper1 yellow/red bell pepper1 six oz.
For many, bells are symbolic of the holiday season — from bell choirs to songs such as "Carol of the Bells" to the large bells in church steeples that ring in the season.
Oct 24, 2012 (Weekend Edition Saturday) — Over the past generation, Belle Glade Central High School in Belle Glade, Fla. Has sent 30 players to the NFL.
When Dailey and Bell started playing together about 10 years ago, Bell was the fiddler and Dailey was the guitarist.

In science:

For simplicity, we consider the Clauser-Horn-Shimony-Holt (CHSH) form of Bell inequality , but our approach is general and applies to any Bell inequality.
Random Numbers Certified by Bell's Theorem
To apply the results of the previous section to the experimental data produced by devices that violate a Bell inequality, one has first to estimate the Bell violation.
Random Numbers Certified by Bell's Theorem
Local hidden variable no-go proofs hold, as we shall soon see (although in the case of stabiliser QM we need to employ three qubit states, as in the GHZ no-go proof: although we have the Bell state, making Pauli measurements alone cannot violate Bell inequalities).
Phase groups and the origin of non-locality for qubits
We emphasize the importance of the detection loophole in Bell violation experiments by giving a simple preparation technique for separable states that violate a Bell inequality without closing this loophole.
Cloning Entangled Qubits to Scales One Can See
The mixture index, namely: k/(k − ln(1 − w0 )), on the graphic gives the percentage of the admixture; and, as such, quantitatively reflects the degree to which data from EPR/Bell inequality tests do not meet expectations from Bell’s.
A "Spoof Loophole" Contra Nonlocality