• WordNet 3.6
    • n handbell a bell that is held in the hand
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n handbell A small bell rung by the hand, as distinguished from one rung by some mechanical means, as a bell-rope.
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In literature:

She rang a handbell that stood on the table, and a waiter ran up.
"Frivolous Cupid" by Anthony Hope
And as the preceding Semiquaver rang a handbell, this shaked the sprinkle with his fist.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
The darkness was closing in upon him, and he took up the handbell to ring for lights.
"After Dark" by Wilkie Collins
And taking a luxurious pull at his cigar, he rang the handbell.
"Five Tales" by John Galsworthy
On the little table by her bed was a handbell, which presently she rang.
"Benita, An African Romance" by H. Rider Haggard
She rang her little silver handbell for the hall.
"The Chaplet of Pearls" by Charlotte M. Yonge
And as the preceding Semiquaver rang a handbell, this shaked the sprinkle with his fist.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book V." by Francois Rabelais
Priscilla got up just as quickly out of her chair and rang the handbell furiously, her eyes on his, her face ablaze.
"The Princess Priscilla's Fortnight" by Elizabeth von Arnim
And she rang a silver handbell and gave an order.
"Count Hannibal A Romance of the Court of France" by Stanley J. Weyman
As soon as the cavalcade stopped, the sexton advanced, and, ringing a handbell, pronounced the following admonition.
"Jack Sheppard" by William Harrison Ainsworth

In news:

Members of the Stewart Home School Handbell Choir recently presented a concert at The Lantern at Morning Pointe.
Handbell choir hits the right note with seniors.
Handbell choir hits the right note with seniors.
Handbell Musicans of America Chime in Duluth.
The 23rd annual Zanesville Handbell Festival was held at Grace United Methodist Church Sunday evening.
Five local handbell choirs took part in the event to help ring in the holiday season as a community.
The Princeton Theological Seminary holiday handbell concert, today, 3 pm, Miller Chapel on the Seminary campus.
Featured will be the combined chorus , Royal Singers, handbell choir and soloists, under the direction of Ann Manganiello.
On Sunday, December 9, at 4 pm and 7 pm The church’s choirs and soloists, along with brass, percussion and handbells, will perform under the direction of David Spicer.
Volunteer Judy Grace, a Salvation Army volunteer, was about 30 minutes into her effort to break the world record for longest continuous handbell ringing, 60 hours.
Dietz became the Ensemble 's Artistic Director in 2006, having been involved with handbells as a ringer and a conductor for almost 30 years.
The Wilmington Handbell Ensemble 's next performance will be on Thursday, Nov 29 at 12:30 pm at First & Central Presbyterian Church.
Ring in the season with the 19-member handbell ensemble, Bells in Motion.
Raritan Ringers to perform handbell concert at United Reformed Church.
Bells in Motion, a locally based, nationally known, professional handbell ensemble, gets my vote as one of the most interesting creative organizations in town.