• WordNet 3.6
    • n babel a confusion of voices and other sounds
    • n Babel (Genesis 11:1-11) a tower built by Noah's descendants (probably in Babylon) who intended it to reach up to heaven; God foiled them by confusing their language so they could no longer understand one another
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Babel Hence: A place or scene of noise and confusion; a confused mixture of sounds, as of voices or languages. "That babel of strange heathen languages.""The grinding babel of the street"
    • Babel The city and tower in the land of Shinar, where the confusion of languages took place. "Therefore is the name of it called Babel ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n babel The Semitic name of the city (Babylon) where, according to Gen. xi., the construction of a tower that would reach to heaven was attempted, and where the confusion of tongues took place. See Babylonian. Hence A lofty structure.
    • n babel A visionary scheme.
    • n babel A scene of noise and confusion, as a great city or a riotous assemblage.
    • n babel [cap. or lowercase] A confused mixture of sounds; confusion; disorder.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Babel bā′bel a lofty structure: a confused combination of sounds: a scene of confusion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Heb. Bābel, the name of the capital of Babylonia; in Genesis associated with the idea of “confusion.”
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Heb. Babel, explained in Gen. xi. as confusion.


In literature:

She cannot be merely the cruel Babel they like to describe her: the sunset light would not gild her so tenderly.
"Plum Pudding" by Christopher Morley
The hillside vibrated with the flutter of expectant juvenile humanity and a vast babel of half-suppressed excited voices.
"Bart Stirling's Road to Success" by Allen Chapman
Then what a babel of tongues!
"Polly of the Hospital Staff" by Emma C. Dowd
Thank the Lord, I am rid of the heat and noise of that Babel at last.
"The Northern Light" by E. Werner
The northern consists of Babel or Babylon, Borsippa, Cutha, and Sippara, of which all except Borsippa are mentioned in Scripture.
"The Seven Great Monarchies Of The Ancient Eastern World, Vol 1. (of 7): Chaldaea" by George Rawlinson
Of his proficiency in this Babel of tongues the evidence is not very conclusive.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 13, No. 75, January, 1864" by Various
Only builders of the Tower of Babel know the awfulness of its overthrow.
"Idolatry" by Julian Hawthorne
Amid a babel of noises to detect the one clear call which alone can satisfy is almost impossible.
"The Ascent of the Soul" by Amory H. Bradford
A babel of voices filled it.
"The Odds" by Ethel M. Dell
Why did the people build the Tower of Babel?
"A Bird's-Eye View of the Bible" by Frank Nelson Palmer

In poetry:

Folly builds her Babel tower,
Where,-- since Wisdom well permits,
Grey Old Sin a Nimrod sits
For his human hour:
"Chaos Crystallising" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
Where is the tower Babel built?
Where is Tyre's crimson hilt?
Judea's temple. and the guilt
Her neighbors' knew?
"The Pyramid" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
But dogma new with dogma old
Clashes to soothe the spirit's grief,
And offer to the unconsoled
Polyglot Babel of Belief!
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
Thou Rome, that Sodom sinke of sinne,
thou Ægypt art, and worse:
Thou Rome, that Babel mysticall,
whose fall now we rehearse.
"A description of olde Rome" by Roger Cotton
"Slaughter and my devouring sword
Shall walk the streets around,
Babel shall reel beneath my stroke,
And stagger to the ground."
"Hymn 29" by Isaac Watts
"Each zealot thrust before my eyes
His Scripture-garbled label;
All creeds were shouted in my ears
As with the tongues of Babel.
"A Spiritual Manifestation" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Mumford & Sons' sophomore release is " Babel .".
Inside Mumford & Sons: " Babel ".
Looking for the story behind Mumford & Sons second full-length release, Babel .
Mumford & Sons has no sophomore slump with ' Babel '.
Inside Mumford & Sons: Babel .
In case you missed the Babel special Friday evening, we have it for you right there.
Album art for Mumford & Sons' " Babel " (Album Art).
Mumford & Sons, ' Babel ' album review.
INTERVIEWS Mumford & Sons Share First ' Babel ' Track: Hear 'I Will Wait'.
Mumford & Sons to release new album ' Babel '.
British folk band Mumford & Sons on Sunday said they will release their second album, " Babel ," on September 25, calling the eagerly anticipated follow-up to "Sigh No More" a "natural progression" written on the road.
Mumford & Sons to release new album, " Babel ," on September 24.
John Paul Stevens and the Library of Babel .
Antonina Pirozhkova, Engineer and Widow of Isaac Babel , Dies at 101.
Tower of Babel , on Demand.

In science:

In spectra of hot Bp stars a slightly redshifted emission is observed in the UV lines when the disk is viewed “face on.” Since the pioneering studies of Babel and collaborators, several important advances have been made in the hydrodynamic modeling of Bp disks.
The magnetic Bp star 36 Lyncis, II. A spectroscopic analysis of its co-rotating disk
In general terms, this confirms the hydrodynamic result of Babel & Montmerle (1997) for IQ Aur.
The magnetic Bp star 36 Lyncis, II. A spectroscopic analysis of its co-rotating disk
OB stars with strong radiation-driven stellar winds and large-scale magnetic fields generate strong and hard X-ray emission via the Magnetically Channeled Wind Shock (MCWS) mechanism (Shore & Brown 1990; Babel & Montmerle 1997; ud-Doula & Owocki 2002).
X-rays from magnetically channeled winds of OB stars
Babel & Montmerle (1997) explained this peculiar X-ray emission in terms of the “magnetically confined wind shock” model (MWCS).
Magnetic fields, winds and X-rays of massive stars: A spectropolarimetric survey of the Orion cluster
There, the collision with the opposite stream leads to strong shocks, like in “magnetically con fined wind shocks” (MCWS) presented by Babel & Montmerle (1997).
New findings on the prototypical Of?p stars