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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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ldoce_021_dbellbell /bel/ ●●● S2 W3 noun [countable]  1 DTa piece of electrical equipment that makes a ringing sound, used as a signal or to get someone’s attentionring/press the bell He rang the bell and waited for someone to answer the door. She pressed the bell for the nurse.a bell rings/goes The bell went and everyone rushed out of the classroom.2 bell.jpg RDa hollow metal object like a cup with a piece of metal hanging inside it, that makes a ringing noise when it moves or you shake it church bells3 give somebody a bell4 CFsomething that is shaped like a bell the bell of a flower alarm bells ring at alarm1(5), → as clear as a bell at clear1(10), → ring a bell at ring2(4), → diving bell, doorbellCOLLOCATIONSMeaning 2: a hollow metal object like a cup with a piece of metal hanging inside it, that makes a ringing noise when it moves or you shake itverbsa bell ringsI could hear the church bells ringing in the distance.ring a bellHe was ringing a big brass bell.a bell rings out (=it rings loudly)The bells rang out to celebrate the end of the war.a bell soundsSomewhere across the valley a bell sounded.a bell chimes (=it rings a certain number of times, in order to tell you the time of day)The bells began to chime, calling people to church.a bell tolls (=it slowly rings with a long low sound, when someone has died)The church bell was tolling mournfully as the carriage entered the cemetery gate.a bell tinkles (=a small bell rings with a gentle high sound)We were sleeping under the stars, camel bells tinkling in a cool breeze.NOUN + bella church bellShe woke on Sunday morning to the sound of church bells.wedding bells (=rung when people marry in a church)Mark and Bridget seem very happy and we expect to hear wedding bells soon. phrasesa peal of bells (=the sound of bells being rung several times)From the temple he could hear the peal of bells.
Examples from the Corpus
bellAttach a bell to the cat's collar to warn birds.A lemon, a bell and a cherry.It didn't ring any bells.Past Four Court dominant as church bells.She was just about to make some coffee, when the front door bell rang.The guards and porters walked about, the bell was rung, the signal was given ad the train started off.Raise the heat slightly and add the bell peppers.When you hear the bell, stop writing.She debated whether to sit down on the carpet for a while but shook herself and rang the bell.The bell sounded to end the fight.Add tomatoes, bell pepper and spice mixture and cook 1 hour.ring/press the bellWith her heart in her mouth she entered the imposing portals of Mon Ré, and rang the bell.I went right up the front walk, mounted the porch steps and rang the bell, then rang it again.The excitement of Cynthia's revelation had been too much for her and Cynthia now anxiously rang the bell for the nurse.I rang the bell again, heard steps, and then the door was opened by Mrs Ahronson!I rang the bell and heard steps on a hardwood floor.You couldn't ring the bell or they would go mad.The whole plastic notion of a pop star begins to ring the bells of truth.
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