bell Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
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Meaning of “bell” in the English Dictionary

"bell" in British English

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bellnoun [C]

uk   us   /bel/
B1 (also doorbell) an ​electricaldevice that makes a ​ringingsound when you ​press a ​button: I ​stood at the ​frontdoor and rang the bell several ​times.B2 a ​hollowmetalobjectshaped like a ​cup that makes a ​ringingsound when ​hit by something hard, ​especially a clapper : The ​church bells rang out to ​welcome in the New Year.
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(Definition of bell from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bell" in American English

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bellnoun [C]

 us   /bel/
a ​hollow, cup-shaped, ​metalobject that makes a ​ringingsound when a ​parthanging inside ​swings against ​itssides, or when it is ​hit by any hard ​object: The ​school bell was ​ringing. A bell is also a doorbell .
(Definition of bell from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bell" in Business English

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bellnoun

uk   us   /bel/
the bell [S] STOCK MARKET the ​sound that ​signals the beginning and end of a ​period of ​trading on a stockexchange: after/before the bell The ​company said after the bell on Wednesday that its ​quarterlyprofitrose because of a 36% ​increase in ​sales of its ​software. Yesterday, all three ​major American ​indexesfell immediately after the ​opening bell.
alarm/warning bells [plural] used to describe an occasion when you ​realize that something is wrong: ring/set off/sound warning bells These ​figures should ​soundwarning bells that the ​consumereconomy is ​increasinglyfragile. Soaring ​costs of ​oil and ​gold set alarm bells ​ringing around the ​world.
(Definition of bell from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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