1. Proper noun.  A Scottish and northern English surname for a bell ringer, bellmaker, or from someone who lived "at the Bell (inn)".
  2. Proper noun.  The Bell telephone company (after (w, Alexander Graham Bell) , the inventor of the telephone.).
  3. Proper noun.  (given name, male) occasionally transferred from the surname.
  4. Proper noun.  ''A female given name'', a variant of Belle; mostly used as a middle name in the 19th century.
  5. Noun.  (US, Canada) a telephone utility; a Baby Bell.
  6. Noun.  A percussive instrument made of metal or other hard material, typically but not always in the shape of an inverted cup with a flared rim, which resonates when struck.
  7. Noun.  The sounding of a bell as a signal.
  8. Noun.  (chiefly, British) A telephone call.
  9. Noun.  A signal at a school that tells the students when it's time to change classes during the day.
  10. Noun.  (music) The flared end of a brass or woodwind instrument.
  11. Noun.  (nautical) Any of a series of strokes on a bell (or similar), struck every half hour to indicate the time (within a four hour watch).
  12. Verb.  (transitive) To attach a bell to.
  13. Verb.  To shape so that flares out like a bell.
  14. Verb.  (slang, transitive) To telephone..
  15. Verb.  (intransitive) To bellow or roar.
  16. Noun.  The bellow or bay of certain animals, such as a hound on the hunt or a stag in rut.

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