bellman

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bellman someone employed as an errand boy and luggage carrier around hotels
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bellman A man who rings a bell, especially to give notice of anything in the streets. Formerly, also, a night watchman who called the hours.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bellman A man who rings a bell; specifically, one employed to cry public notices and call attention by ringing a bell; a town crier.
    • n bellman Formerly, a night-watchman, part of whose duty it was to call out the hours, the state of the weather, and other information, as he passed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Bellman one who rings a bell, esp. on the streets, before making public announcements: a town-crier
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. belle; cog. with Dut. bel.

Usage

In literature:

Whoever catches the bellman changes places with him.
"Games for the Playground, Home, School and Gymnasium" by Jessie H. Bancroft
The bellman would raise the hue and cry.
"The Boy Tar" by Mayne Reid
Bellman and his history, 324.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 3, January-June, 1851" by Various
THE BELLMAN, AND HIS HISTORY.
"Notes and Queries, Number 78, April 26, 1851" by Various
Good rest to all, both old and young: The bellman now hath done his song.
"Lyrics from the Song-Books of the Elizabethan Age" by Various
I heard the bellman crying them last night.
"Poppy's Presents" by Mrs O. F. Walton
The fifers played the Rogue's March, and the bellman went ahead singing a song.
"Daughters of the Revolution and Their Times" by Charles Carleton Coffin
Malone got in beside him and the bellman started the vehicle down the hallway.
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett
And, indeed, Matilda heard of it first through the bellman calling the funeral hour through the town.
"Prisoners of Conscience" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
In the morning, at six o'clock, there was a bellman out, proclaiming that everyone who killed a raven would get a fourpenny bit.
"The Irish Fairy Book" by Various
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In poetry:

"Just the place for a Snark!" the Bellman cried,
As he landed his crew with care;
Supporting each man on the top of the tide
By a finger entwined in his hair.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
The Bandersnatch fled as the others appeared
Led on by that fear-stricken yell:
And the Bellman remarked "It is just as I feared!"
And solemnly tolled on his bell.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
"For, although common Snarks do no manner of harm,
Yet I feel it my duty to say
Some are Boojums—" The Bellman broke off in alarm,
For the Baker had fainted away.
"Fit The Second - The Bellman's Speech" by Lewis Carroll
When at length he sat up and was able to speak,
His sad story he offered to tell;
And the Bellman cried "Silence! Not even a shriek!"
And excitedly tingled his bell.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
The Bellman perceived that their spirits were low,
And repeated in musical tone
Some jokes he had kept for a season of woe—
But the crew would do nothing but groan.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll
"For, although common Snarks do no manner of harm,
Yet, I feel it my duty to say,
Some are Boojums—" The Bellman broke off in alarm,
For the Baker had fainted away.
"The Hunting Of The Snark " by Lewis Carroll

In news:

He didn't start as a bellman or working behind a front desk.
The frontpage, 4th column feature (I think it's called an A-head) in yesterday's WSJ, unfortunately firewalled, was a sweet piece of reporting by Eric Bellman about daytraders playing the Indian stockmarket at internet cafes in Mumbai.
Rocky Hill Zombie Registers Hartford Bellman, Norwich Exec For Spooktacular 5K.
A Golden Nugget bellman checks bags at the First Street entrance Sept 4.
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In science:

Finite-difference approximations, Bellman equations, Fully nonlinear equations.
A priori estimates of smoothness of solutions to difference Bellman equations with linear and quasilinear operators
Our second result is about Bellman equations with more general quasilinear operators.
A priori estimates of smoothness of solutions to difference Bellman equations with linear and quasilinear operators
For an alternative prove see also [NTV], [NT], [NTV3], where it was proved with the constant C = 4 using Bellman function method.
Two weight inequalities for individual Haar multipliers and other well localized operators
S with t(s) ≤ T − 1. J ∗ may then be found as the solution to the Bellman equation HJ = J , with the boundary condition J (s′ ) = 0 for all s′ with t(s′ ) = T .
Stochastic Depletion Problems: Effective Myopic Policies for a class of Dynamic Optimization Problems
This prompts the use of a dynamic programming approach, applying the Bellman optimality principle.
Consumption and Portfolio Rules for Time-Inconsistent Investors
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