Definition of “bell” - English Dictionary

“bell” in British English

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bellnoun [ C ]

uk /bel/ us /bel/

B1 also doorbell an electrical device that makes a ringing sound when you press a button:

I stood at the front door and rang the bell several times.

B2 a hollow metal object shaped like a cup that makes a ringing sound when hit by something hard, especially a clapper:

The church bells rang out to welcome in the New Year.

More examples

  • The children arrived at school just as the bell was ringing.
  • At the sound of the alarm bell, the customers all ran wildly for the doors.
  • I rang the bell but nobody came to the door.
  • In the square the church bells chimed.
  • After their wedding the bells pealed out from the tower.

(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, metal object that makes a ringing sound when a part hanging inside swings against its sides, 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 /bel/ us
the bell

[ S ] STOCK MARKET the sound that signals the beginning and end of a period of trading on a stock exchange:

after/before the bell The company said after the bell on Wednesday that its quarterly profit rose because of a 36% increase in sales of its software.
Yesterday, all three major American indexes fell 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 sound warning bells that the consumer economy is increasingly fragile.
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)