• WordNet 3.6
    • n hell noisy and unrestrained mischief "raising blazes"
    • n hell violent and excited activity "they began to fight like sin"
    • n Hell (religion) the world of the dead "No one goes to Hades with all his immense wealth"-Theognis"
    • n Hell (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment "Hurl'd headlong...To bottomless perdition, there to dwell"- John Milton","a demon from the depths of the pit","Hell is paved with good intentions"-Dr. Johnson"
    • n hell a cause of difficulty and suffering "war is hell","go to blazes"
    • n hell any place of pain and turmoil; "the hell of battle","the inferno of the engine room","when you're alone Christmas is the pits"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: You can send a postcard from Hell. There is a small town located in the Cayman Islands called "Hell." They even have a post office
    • Hell A dungeon or prison; also, in certain running games, a place to which those who are caught are carried for detention.
    • Hell A gambling house.
    • Hell A place into which a tailor throws his shreds, or a printer his broken type.
    • Hell A place where outcast persons or things are gathered
    • Hell The place of the dead, or of souls after death; the grave; -- called in Hebrew sheol, and by the Greeks hades. "He descended into hell .""Thou wilt not leave my soul in hell ."
    • Hell The place or state of punishment for the wicked after death; the abode of evil spirits. Hence, any mental torment; anguish. "Within him hell .""It is a knell
      That summons thee to heaven or to hell ."
    • v. t Hell To overwhelm.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: There is a place called Hell, Michigan. It is about 50 miles from Detroit, Michigan
    • n hell The abode of the dead; the place of departed spirits; the grave; the infernal regions, regarded as a place of existence after death: called in Hebrew Sheol, and by the Greeks Hades.
    • n hell [In the authorized version of the Bible the word hell occurs 54 times, viz., 31 times in the Old Testament and 23 times in the New. In the Old Testament it translates the Hebrew name Sheol, which is also translated the grave (31 times) and the pit (3 times). In the revised version hell has been retained in the prophetical books, and Sheol substituted for it in the poetical books and passages, except in Deut. xxxii. 22, Ps. lv. 15, and lxxxvi. 13, where it is changed to pit. In both the authorized and the revised version of the New Testament, hell is used 12 times to translate the Greek γέεννα (transliterated gehenna in the Vulgate), while in the authorized version it is used 10 times for the Greek ᾅδης, and once (2 Pet. ii. 4) for ταρταοώσας (Tartarus). In the revised version hell is retained for Tartarus, and Hades has been used for the Greek ᾅδης. See Gehenna, grave, Hades, and Sheol.]
    • n hell The abode of devils and condemned spirits; the place or state of punishment of the wicked after death; the infernal regions, regarded as a place of torment.
    • n hell The infernal powers; the powers of darkness and evil.
    • n hell Something regarded as resembling hell.
    • n hell Specifically— Any place or condition of captivity or torment; any experience of great suffering: as, a hell upon earth; a hell of suspense or suspicion.
    • n hell A gaming-house; a gaming-room; a gamblers' den.
    • n hell In some games, as barley-brake, the place to which those who are caught are carried.
    • n hell A place where things are covered up or hidden; a place of concealment; specifically, a place into which a tailor throws his shreds or his cabbaged stuff, or a printer his broken type.
    • n hell Formerly, in England, a place under the exchequer chamber where the king's debtors were confined.
    • hell To hide; cover.
    • hell A colloquial contraction of he will.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There is a town in Norway called "Hell"
    • n Hell hel the place or state of punishment of the wicked after death: the place of the dead indefinitely: the abode of evil spirits: the powers of hell: any place of vice or misery: a gambling-house
    • v.t Hell hel (Spens.) to hide.
    • Hell contraction for he will.
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  • Thomas Howard
    Thomas Howard
    “Hell is where everyone is doing his own thing. Paradise is where everyone is doing God's thing.”
  • Arthur Rimbaud
    “I believe that I am in hell, therefore I am there.”
  • Jean-Paul Sartre
    “Hell is other people.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “One of the horrors of hell is the undying memory of a misspent life.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
    “Hell is paved with good intentions, not with bad ones. All men mean well.”
  • Robert Burton
    “One was never married, and that's his hell; another is, and that's his plague.”


All hell broke loose - When all hell breaks loose, there is chaos, confusion and trouble.
All over Hell's half acre - (USA) If you have been all over Hell's half acre, you have been traveling and visiting many more places than originally intended, usually because you were unsuccessful in finding what you were looking for. It can also be used to mean everywhere.
Catch hell - If you catch hell, you get into trouble or get scolded. ('Catch heck' is also used.)
Cold day in hell - This is used as a prediction there is no chance some event or condition will ever happen.'There will be a cold day in hell before he manages it.'
Come hell or high water - If someone says they'll do something come hell or high water, they mean that nothing will stop them, no matter what happens.
Hell for leather - If you do something hell for leather, especially running, you do it as fast as you can.
Hell in a handcart - If something is going to hell in a handcart, it is getting worse and worse, with no hope of stopping the decline.
Hope in hell - If something hasn't got a hope in hell, it stands absolutely no chance of succeeding.
If you lie down with the Devil, you will wake up in hell - This means that if you become involved with bad company, there will be negative consequences.
Ninth circle of hell - In Dante's Inferno, the ninth circle of hell is the centre where the worst punishments are found, so it is used idiomatically for something that couldn't get worse.
Not a snowball's chance in hell - There is absolutely no possibility of something hapening if there's not a snowball's chance in hell.
Road to hell is paved with good intentions - When people say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, they mean that positive intentions may have negative outcomes.
When hell freezes over - An impossible or very unlikely situation or event


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. hell,; akin to D. hel, OHG. hella, G. hölle, Icel. hal, Sw. helfvete, Dan. helvede, Goth. halja, and to AS. helan, to conceal. . Cf. Hele (v. t.) Conceal Cell Helmet Hole Occult


In literature:

They consign the body to the tomb, and the soul to hell.
"Select Temperance Tracts" by American Tract Society
She's another hell-roarer, they say.
"Desert Dust" by Edwin L. Sabin
Hell, Jasper Pennington, a burning hell!
"The Birthright" by Joseph Hocking
The very word "war" seemed as out of place as the suggestion of Hell in Paradise.
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
Went on the rocks at Hell-Hole in the fog.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
The half of the world are ignorant, and go to hell, and know not that they have a soul.
"Biographia Scoticana (Scots Worthies)" by John Howie
Thought I was bear meat by this, didn't you, blast yore rotten soul to hell!
"A Man to His Mate" by J. Allan Dunn
They sure gave you hell!
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
He didn't have a hell-chance.
"Rimrock Trail" by J. Allan Dunn
I'd go through hell fer ye any time.
"The Roof Tree" by Charles Neville Buck

In poetry:

You go and come
As in a mirror,
But hell is nearer,
And not so numb.
"Damnation" by Babette Deutsch
Your lips that laughed
and sang so well
your lips that brought
laughter from hell
are silent now
no more to tell
"Langston Blues" by Dudley Randall
My walkes the pathes of plaint,
My prospect into Hell,
With Sisiphus and all his pheres
In endles paines to dwell.
"A Fancy" by Edward Dyer
O restless spirit! wherefore strain
Beyond thy sphere?
Heaven and hell, with their joy and pain,
Are now and here.
"My Soul And I" by John Greenleaf Whittier
And yet. The life before it,
Dost thou remember aught,
What terrors shivered o'er it
Born from the hell of thought?
"Earth The Healer, Earth The Keeper" by William Morris
They love the road that leads to hell;
Then let the rebels die,
Whose malice is implacable
Against the Lord on high.
"Psalm XXXV: Now Plead My Cause, Almighty God" by Isaac Watts

In news:

Metrozooç Go south until you smell it, turn west until you step in it oh, hell yeah.
Hell, some might even pack up and bail.
Of all the local albums to be released in the past year — hell, the past five years — one of the best is Grace Basement's New Sense.
What the hell did you think I meant.
Good family name bears Hell on Earth.
When I'm at work you rarely see me without a cup of Joe, hell they had to quadruple the coffee budget when they hired me.
If you're a Black Panther fan, Marvel fan, or all-around comics fan in general, you can now start getting excited for what is sure to be one-hell of a movie, if the rumor turns out to be true.
'Hell and Mr Fudge' documentary- feature film wraps up in Athens.
If I take the words of an ancient poet to heart, I'm going to hell.
Richard Hell hosts a film noir double feature.
To paraphrase Richard Hell, blood comes in spurts.
Despite having just lived through a year from hell, Van Volkinburg has come through with her funny bone intact.
With no war dividend, workers ask: What the hell are we doing in Iraq.
CBS' Dan Rather Is Mad as Hell At Political ' Fogging Machines.
Husband and Wife Journos Stay Together Through Hell or No Fresca.

In science:

Allard & Homeier-model includes a τmix in a time-scale comparison to determine local mean grain sizes, and a τmix influences the rate of seed formation, the growth and the settling process since it enters a set of conservation equations in the Helling & Woitke-model.
A comparison of chemistry and dust cloud formation in ultracool dwarf model atmospheres
For Helling & Woitke, the code has difficulties calculating clouds for Teff = 600K in the inner atmosphere.
A comparison of chemistry and dust cloud formation in ultracool dwarf model atmospheres
No data could be provided from the Tsuji-model, the Allard & Homeier ρdust /ρgas have a local minimum, and the Helling & Woitke-model reaches the shallowest depth.
A comparison of chemistry and dust cloud formation in ultracool dwarf model atmospheres
Particle sizes increase inward and reach a certain maximum size (Marley, Ackerman & Lodders; Helling & Woitke), or are constant by assumption in the entire cloud (Tsuji), or they reflect a complicated time-scale competition (Allard & Home ier).
A comparison of chemistry and dust cloud formation in ultracool dwarf model atmospheres
Mg2 SiO4 [s] etc.) in the Helling & Woitke-model are characterised by one mean grain size distribution f (a, z) at a particular height z in the atmosphere.
A comparison of chemistry and dust cloud formation in ultracool dwarf model atmospheres