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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.


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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