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English noun: bell

1. bell (artifact) a hollow device made of metal that makes a ringing sound when struck


Broader (hypernym)acoustic device, signaling device


Narrower (hyponym)cascabel, church bell, cowbell, death bell, death knell, dinner bell, electric bell, fire bell, school bell, sheep bell, shop bell, sleigh bell, tocsin, warning bell


Instance hyponymLiberty Bell


Part holonymclapper, sound bow, tongue

2. bell (artifact) a push button at an outer door that gives a ringing or buzzing signal when pushed


Synonymsbuzzer, doorbell


Broader (hypernym)button, push, push button


Narrower (hyponym)night bell

3. bell (event) the sound of a bell being struck


SamplesSaved by the bell.
She heard the distant toll of church bells.


Synonymstoll


Broader (hypernym)sound


Narrower (hyponym)angelus, angelus bell, knell

4. bell (time) (nautical) each of the eight half-hour units of nautical time signaled by strokes of a ship's bell; eight bells signals 4:00, 8:00, or 12:00 o'clock, either a.m. or p.m.


Synonymsship's bell


Broader (hypernym)time unit, unit of time


Domain categorynavigation, sailing, seafaring

5. bell (shape) the shape of a bell


Synonymsbell shape, campana


Broader (hypernym)curve, curved shape

6. Bell (person) a phonetician and father of Alexander Graham Bell (1819-1905)


SynonymsAlexander Melville Bell, Melville Bell


Instance hypernymphonetician

7. Bell (person) English painter; sister of Virginia Woolf; prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group (1879-1961)


SynonymsVanessa Bell, Vanessa Stephen


Instance hypernympainter


Member meronymBloomsbury Group

8. Bell (person) United States inventor (born in Scotland) of the telephone (1847-1922)


SynonymsAlexander Bell, Alexander Graham Bell


Instance hypernymartificer, discoverer, inventor

9. bell (artifact) a percussion instrument consisting of a set of tuned bells that are struck with a hammer; used as an orchestral instrument


Synonymschime, gong


Broader (hypernym)percussion instrument, percussive instrument


Narrower (hyponym)carillon, handbell

10. bell (artifact) the flared opening of a tubular device


Broader (hypernym)opening


Part meronymblunderbuss, funnel, wind, wind instrument


English verb: bell

1. bell (contact) attach a bell to


SamplesBell cows.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)attach









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