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  1. Plural of bell
  2. Ship's bells; the strokes on a ship's bell, every half hour, to mark the passage of time.


the strokes on ship's bells

Extensive Definition

Bell may refer to:

Devices that produce sound

  • Bell (instrument), a simple sound-making device
    • Altar bell, a bell rung during the Catholic Mass
    • Bell (school), a bell that signals transitions during a school day
    • Bell cymbal, a small cymbal. The bell is also the center, rounded part of a cymbal.
    • Bell tree, instrument made of nested bells
    • Bermuda carriage bell, used in vehicles as a warning to pedestrians
    • Carillon, an instrument which utilizes bells, normally housed in a bell tower, and played from a keyboard
    • Chime (bell instrument), similar to a carillon, but with fewer bells
    • Church bell, a bell hanging in a church tower
    • Electric bell, such as a doorbell or buzzer
    • Handbell, a handheld bell, rung singly (such as a school bell) or in tuned sets played by a bell choir
    • Jingle bell, a spherical bell that produces a distinct "jingle" sound
    • Last call bell, a bell that signals the closing of a bar
    • Mark tree, a set of small hanging chimes, sometimes mislabeled as a wind chime
    • Orchestra bell, better known as Glockenspiel
    • Ship's bells, bells which mark time on a ship
    • Slave bell, used to regulate slavery
    • Tubular bell, used in tuned sets as in a longcase clock, orchestral chime, organ, or tower
  • Bell (wind), the round, flared opening of a wind instrument opposite the mouthpiece
  • Bell character, a character that produces an audible signal at a terminal
  • Bell effect, a musical technique similar to an arpeggio
  • Bell unit (bel), measure of the ratio between two quantities

In communication

The word "bell" also can mean a signal from a engine order telegraph on a ship or submarine.

In biology

  • Bell Miner, colonial honeyeater endemic to southeastern Australia
  • Bell pepper, Cultivar Group of the species Capsicum annuum
  • Bellbird, several kinds of bird in various regions of the world that are noted for their far-carrying bell-like call
  • Diving bell spider, spider which lives entirely under water
  • Bell, the umbrella-shaped, non-stinging part of medusas in jellyfish
  • Bell, the corolla of a flower
  • Bell, the bellow or cry of a rutting stag or hunting dog

In mathematics

  • Bell curve, illustrates normal distribution in statistics
    • Bell curve grading, a use of the bell curve in comparing student achievement and converting percent and percentile grades to letter grades
  • Bell number, the number of partitions of a set with n members
  • Bell's theorem, the most famous legacy of the late John Bell


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