Ellis bell

[ak-tuh n] /ˈæk tən/ (show ipa) pen name of .
alexander graham, 1847–1922, u.s. scientist, born in scotland: inventor of the telephone.
(arthur) clive (howard) 1881–1964, english critic of literature and art.
[kur-er] /ˈkɜr ər/ (show ipa) pen name of .
ellis, pen name of .
james thomas (“cool papa”) 1903–91, u.s. baseball player, a negro leagues outfielder noted for his speed.
john, 1797–1869, u.s. political leader: speaker of the house 1834–35.
a city in sw california, near los angeles.
anne (“acton bell”) 1820–49, english novelist.
her sister, charlotte (“currer bell”) 1816–55, english novelist.
her sister, emily jane (“ellis bell”) 1818–48, english novelist.
historical examples

i wish you would give me some account of newby, and what the man said when confronted with the real ellis bell.
charlotte bronte and her circle clement k. shorter

ellis bell will not endure to be alluded to under any other appellation than the nom de plume.
charlotte bronte and her circle clement k. shorter

anne, pen name acton bell. 1820–49, english novelist; author of the tenant of wildfell hall (1847)
her sister, charlotte, pen name currer bell. 1816–55, english novelist, author of jane eyre (1847), villette (1853), and the professor (1857)
her sister, emily (jane), pen name ellis bell. 1818–48, english novelist and poet; author of wuthering heights (1847)
a hollow, usually metal, cup-shaped instrument that emits a musical ringing sound when struck, often by a clapper hanging inside it
the sound made by such an instrument or device, as for showing the hours or marking the beginning or end of a period of time
an electrical device that rings or buzzes as a signal
the bowl-shaped termination of the tube of certain musical wind instruments, such as the trumpet or oboe
any musical percussion instrument emitting a ringing tone, such as a glockenspiel, one of a set of hand bells, etc compare chime1 (sense 3)
(nautical) a signal rung on a ship’s bell to count the number of half-hour intervals during each of six four-hour watches reckoned from midnight. thus, one bell may signify 12.30, 4.30, or 8.30 a.m. or p.m
see diving bell
(biology) a structure resembling a bell in shape, such as the corolla of certain flowers or the body of a jellyfish
(brit, slang) a telephone call (esp in the phrase give someone a bell)
(brit, informal) beat seven bells out of, knock seven bells out of, to give a severe beating to
bell, book, and candle

instruments used formerly in excommunications and other ecclesiastical acts
(informal) the solemn ritual ratification of such acts

ring a bell, to sound familiar; recall to the mind something previously experienced, esp indistinctly
sound as a bell, in perfect condition
the bells, the ringing of bells, in a church or other public building, at midnight on december 31st, symbolizing the beginning of a new year
to be or cause to be shaped like a bell
(transitive) to attach a bell or bells to
bell the cat, to undertake a dangerous mission
a bellowing or baying cry, esp that of a hound or a male deer in rut
to utter (such a cry)
acton, currer (ˈkʌrə), and ellis. pen names of the sisters anne, charlotte, and emily brontë see brontë
alexander graham. 1847–1922, us scientist, born in scotland, who invented the telephone (1876)
sir francis henry dillon. 1851–1936, new zealand statesman; prime minister of new zealand (1925)
gertrude (margaret lowthian). 1868–1926, british traveller, writer, and diplomat; secretary to the british high commissioner in baghdad (1917–26)
joshua. born 1967, us violinist
dame (susan) jocelyn, married name jocelyn burnell, born 1943, british radio astronomer, who discovered the first pulsar
vanessa, original name vanessa stephen. 1879–1961, british painter; a member of the bloomsbury group, sister of virginia woolf and wife of the art critic clive bell (1881–1964)

old english belle, common north sea germanic (cf. middle dutch belle, middle low german belle) but not found elsewhere in germanic (except as a borrowing), from pie root -bhel- (4) “to sound, roar.” statistical bell curve was coined 1870s in french. of gl-sses in the shape of a bell from 1640s. bell pepper is from 1707, so called for its shape. bell, book, and candle is a reference to a form of excommunication. to ring a bell “awaken a memory” (1934) is perhaps a reference to pavlovian experiments.

“attach a bell,” late 14c., from bell (n.). related: belled; belling. allusions to the story of the mice that bell the cat (so they can hear him coming) date to 1520s.

bell (běl), sir charles. 1774-1842.

british anatomist and surgeon who published detailed anatomies of the nervous system and the brain. he was the first to distinguish between sensory and motor nerves. bell’s law and bell’s palsy are named for him.
scottish-born american scientist and inventor whose lifelong interest in the education of deaf people led him to conceive the idea of transmitting speech by electric waves. in 1876 his experiments with a telegraph resulted in his invention of the telephone. he later produced the first successful sound recorder, an early hearing aid, and many other devices.

related terms

dumbbell, h-ll’s bells, ring a bell, ring someone’s bell, ring the bell, saved by the bell, with bells on

the bells first mentioned in scripture are the small golden bells attached to the hem of the high priest’s ephod (ex. 28:33, 34, 35). the “bells of the horses” mentioned by zechariah (14:20) were attached to the bridles or belts round the necks of horses trained for war, so as to accustom them to noise and tumult.

in addition to the idiom beginning with
also see:

clear as a bell
ring a bell
saved by the bell
sound as a bell
with bells on

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