Webster's Dictionary, 1913
Bell-faced adjective Having the striking surface convex; -- said of hammers.
Bell-mouthed adjective Expanding at the mouth; as, a bell-mouthed gun. Byron.
Bell-shaped (-shāpt`) adjective Having the shape of a wide-mouthed bell; campanulate.
Bell's palsy Paralysis of the facial nerve, producing distortion of one side of the face.
Belle-lettrist noun One versed in belles-lettres.
Bellerophon noun (Paleon.) A genus of fossil univalve shells, believed to belong to the Heteropoda, peculiar to the Paleozoic age.
Belles-lettres noun plural [ French] Polite or elegant literature; the humanities; -- used somewhat vaguely for literary works in which imagination and taste are predominant.
Belletristic, Belletristical adjective Occupied with, or pertaining to, belles- lettres. "An unlearned, belletristic trifler." M. Arnold.
Bellflower noun (Botany) A plant of the genus Campanula; -- so named from its bell-shaped flowers.
Bellflower noun [ French bellefleur , lit., beautiful flower.] A kind of apple. The yellow bellflower is a large, yellow winter apple. [ Written also bellefleur .]
Bellibone noun [ French belle et bonne , beautiful and good.] A woman excelling both in beauty and goodness; a fair maid. [ Obsolete] Spenser.
Bellic, Bellical adjective
[ Latin bellicus
. See Bellicose
.] Of or pertaining to war; warlike; martial.
[ Obsolete] " Bellic
[ Latin bellicosu
s, from bellicus
of war, from bellum
war. See Duel
.] Inclined to war or contention; warlike; pugnacious.
Arnold was, in fact, in a bellicose vein.
Bellicosely adverb In a bellicose manner.
Bellicous adjective Bellicose. [ Obsolete]
Bellied adjective Having (such) a belly; puffed out; -- used in composition; as, pot- bellied ; shad- bellied .
Belligerence, Belligerency noun The quality of being belligerent; act or state of making war; warfare.
[ Latin bellum
war + gerens
, waging, present participle
to wage: confer French belligérant
. See Bellicose
.] 1. Waging war; carrying on war.
powers." E. Everett. 2. Pertaining, or tending, to war; of or relating to belligerents; as, a belligerent tone; belligerent rights.
Belligerent noun A nation or state recognized as carrying on war; a person engaged in warfare.
Belligerently adverb In a belligerent manner; hostilely.
[ From Bell
to bellow.] A bellowing, as of a deer in rutting time. Johnson.
Bellipotent adjective [ Latin bellipotens ; bellum war + potens powerful, present participle of posse to be able.] Mighty in war; armipotent. [ R.] Blount.
Bellman noun A man who rings a bell, especially to give notice of anything in the streets. Formerly, also, a night watchman who called the hours. Milton.
Bellon noun Lead colic.
Bellona noun [ Latin , from bellum war.] (Rom. Myth.) The goddess of war.
Bellow intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Bellowed
; present participle & verbal noun Bellowing
.] [ Middle English belwen
, Anglo-Saxon bylgean
, from bellan
; akin to German bellen
, and perhaps to Latin flere
to weep, OSlav. bleja
to bleat, Lithuanian balsas
voice. Confer Bell
.] 1. To make a hollow, loud noise, as an enraged bull. 2. To bowl; to vociferate; to clamor. Dryden. 3. To roar; as the sea in a tempest, or as the wind when violent; to make a loud, hollow, continued sound.
The bellowing voice of boiling seas.
Bellow transitive verb To emit with a loud voice; to shout; -- used with out . "Would bellow out a laugh." Dryden.
Bellow noun A loud resounding outcry or noise, as of an enraged bull; a roar.
Bellower noun One who, or that which, bellows.
Bellows noun sing. & plural
[ Middle English bely
, belly, bellows, Anglo-Saxon bælg
, bag, bellows, belly. Bellows is prop. a plural and the orig. sense is bag. See Belly
.] An instrument, utensil, or machine, which, by alternate expansion and contraction, or by rise and fall of the top, draws in air through a valve and expels it through a tube for various purposes, as blowing fires, ventilating mines, or filling the pipes of an organ with wind. Bellows camera
, in photography, a form of camera, which can be drawn out like an accordion or bellows .
-- Hydrostatic bellows
. See Hydrostatic .
-- A pair of bellows
, the ordinary household instrument for blowing fires, consisting of two nearly heart-shaped boards with handles, connected by leather, and having a valve and tube.
Bellows fish (Zoology) A European fish ( Centriscus scolopax ), distinguished by a long tubular snout, like the pipe of a bellows; -- called also trumpet fish , and snipe fish .
[ Latin belluinus
, from bellua
beast.] Pertaining to, or like, a beast; brutal.
Animal and belluine life.
1. A wether, or sheep, which leads the flock, with a bell on his neck. 2. Hence: A leader. [ Contemptuous] Swift.
Bellwort noun (Botany) A genus of plants ( Uvularia ) with yellowish bell-shaped flowers.
; plural Bellies
(-lĭz). [ Middle English bali
, Anglo-Saxon belg
, bag, bellows, belly; akin to Icelandic belgr
bag, bellows, Swedish bälg
, Danish bælg
, D. & German balg
, confer W. bol
the paunch or belly, dim. boly
, Ir. bolg
. Confer Bellows
.] 1. That part of the human body which extends downward from the breast to the thighs, and contains the bowels, or intestines; the abdomen.
» Formerly all the splanchnic or visceral cavities were called bellies; -- the lower belly
being the abdomen; the middle belly
, the thorax; and the upper belly
, the head. Dunglison. 2. The under part of the body of animals, corresponding to the human belly.
Underneath the belly of their steeds. 3. The womb.
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee. 4. The part of anything which resembles the human belly in protuberance or in cavity; the innermost part; as, the belly of a flask, muscle, sail, ship.
Jer. i. 5.
Out of the belly of hell cried I. 5. (Architecture) The hollow part of a curved or bent timber, the convex part of which is the back. Belly doublet
Jonah ii. 2.
, a doublet of the 16th century, hanging down so as to cover the belly. Shak.
-- Belly fretting
, the chafing of a horse's belly with a girth. Johnson.
-- Belly timber
[ Ludicrous] Prior.
-- Belly worm
, a worm that breeds or lives in the belly (stomach or intestines). Johnson.
Belly transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Bellied
; present participle & verbal noun Bellying
.] To cause to swell out; to fill.
Your breath of full consent bellied his sails.
Belly intransitive verb To swell and become protuberant, like the belly; to bulge.
The bellying canvas strutted with the gale.
Belly-god noun One whose great pleasure it is to gratify his appetite; a glutton; an epicure.
Belly-pinched adjective Pinched with hunger; starved. "The belly-pinched wolf." Shak.
Bellyache noun Pain in the bowels; colic.
1. A band that passes under the belly of a horse and holds the saddle or harness in place; a girth. 2. A band of flannel or other cloth about the belly. 3. (Nautical) A band of canvas, to strengthen a sail.
Bellybound adjective Costive; constipated.
Bellycheat noun An apron or covering for the front of the person. [ Obsolete] Beau. & Fl.
Bellycheer noun [ Perh. from French belle chère .] Good cheer; viands. [ Obsolete] " Bellycheer and banquets." Rowlands. "Loaves and bellycheer ." Milton.
Bellycheer intransitive verb To revel; to feast.
A pack of clergymen [ assembled] by themselves to bellycheer in their presumptuous Sion.
Bellyful noun As much as satisfies the appetite. Hence: A great abundance; more than enough. Lloyd.
King James told his son that he would have his bellyful of parliamentary impeachments.
Belock transitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Belocked
] [ Prefix be-
: confer Anglo-Saxon bel...can
.] To lock, or fasten as with a lock.
[ Obsolete] Shak.
Belomancy noun [ Greek ... ; ... arrow + ... a diviner: confer French bélomancie .] A kind of divination anciently practiced by means of marked arrows drawn at random from a bag or quiver, the marks on the arrows drawn being supposed to foreshow the future. Encyc. Brit.
Belong intransitive verb
[ imperfect & past participle Belonged
; present participle & verbal noun Belonging
.] [ Middle English belongen
(akin to Dutch belangen
to concern, German belangen
to attain to, to concern); prefix be-
to desire. See Long
, intransitive verb
] [ Usually construed with to
.] 1. To be the property of ; as, Jamaica belongs to Great Britain. 2. To be a part of , or connected with ; to be appendant or related; to owe allegiance or service.
A desert place belonging to . . . Bethsaids.
Luke ix. 10.
The mighty men which belonged to David. 3. To be the concern or proper business or function of ; to appertain to .
1 Kings i. 8.
"Do not interpretations belong
to God ?" Gen. xl. 8. 4. To be suitable for ; to be due to .
Strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age.
Hebrew v. 14.
No blame belongs to thee. 5. To be native to , or an inhabitant of ; esp. to have a legal residence, settlement, or inhabitancy, whether by birth or operation of law, so as to be entitled to maintenance by the parish or town.
Bastards also are settled in the parishes to which the mothers belong .
Belong transitive verb To be deserved by.
More evils belong us than happen to us.