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Belisarius
/bel'euh sair"ee euhs/, n. A.D. 505?-565, general of the Eastern Roman Empire. * * * born с 505, Germania, Illyria? died March 565 Byzantine general. While serving in the ...
Belisha beacon
n (in Britain) a black and white post with an orange flashing light on top, marking a zebra crossing (= a place in a street where people may walk across the road). Belisha ...
Belit
Akkadian goddess of destiny, consort of Bel, and mother of the moon god, Sin. Her Sumerian counterpart was Ninlil. Assyrians sometimes identified her with Ishtar. Ninlil was a ...
Belitong
/be lee"tong/, n. Billiton. Also, Belitoeng, Belitung /be lee"toong/. * * *
belittle
—belittlement, n. —belittler, n. /bi lit"l/, v.t., belittled, belittling. to regard or portray as less impressive or important than appearances indicate; depreciate; ...
belittlement
See belittle. * * *
belittler
See belittlement. * * *
Belitung
Belitung [bə lē′tooŋ] island of Indonesia, in the Java Sea, between Borneo & Sumatra: 1,866 sq mi (4,833 sq km) * * * Be·li·tung (bə-lēʹto͝ong) also Bil·li·ton ...
belive
/bi luyv"/, adv. Scot. before long; soon. [1150-1200; ME bi live BY LIFE, i.e., with liveliness] * * *
Béliveau, Jean
▪ Canadian athlete in full  Jean Arthur Béliveau , byname  Le Gros Bill   born Aug. 31, 1931, Trois-Rivières, Que., Can.       professional ice hockey centre who ...
Beliveau, Jean (Marc A.)
born Aug. 31, 1931, Trois-Riviéres, Que., Can. Canadian ice-hockey centre. He played for the Montreal Canadiens from 1953 to 1971. His career record of 79 goals and 176 points ...
Belize
—Belizean /beuh lee"zee euhn/, adj., n. /beuh leez"/, n. 1. Formerly, British Honduras. a parliamentary democracy in N Central America: a former British crown colony; gained ...
Belize Barrier Reef
▪ reef, Belize coral reef (ocean) that is second in size to the Great Barrier Reef of Australia and the largest of its kind in the Northern and Western hemispheres. ...
Belize City
City (pop., 2000: 49,050), Belize. The chief seaport and former capital of Belize, it lies at the mouth of the Belize River, which was until the 10th century a heavily populated ...
Belize River
▪ river, Guatemala-Belize also called  Old River,         river rising in northeastern Guatemala as the Río Mopán and flows about 180 mi (290 km) northeast past ...
Belize, flag of
▪ Flag History       national flag with horizontal stripes of red, dark blue, and red, incorporating on its wide middle stripe the national coat of arms (arms, coat ...
Belizean
➡ Belize * * *
Belkhadem, Abdelaziz
▪ prime minister of Algeria born Nov. 8, 1945, Aflou, Alg.       politician who became prime minister of Algeria in 2006.       After studying literature and ...
Belknap
▪ county, New Hampshire, United States       county, east-central New Hampshire, U.S. It comprises a hilly upland region with numerous lakes. The Pemigewasset River ...
bell
bell1 —bell-less, adj. /bel/, n. 1. a hollow instrument of cast metal, typically cup-shaped with a flaring mouth, suspended from the vertex and rung by the strokes of a ...
Bell
/bel/, n. 1. Acton /ak"teuhn/, pen name of Anne Brontë. 2. Alexander Graham, 1847-1922, U.S. scientist, born in Scotland: inventor of the telephone. 3. (Arthur) Clive (Howard), ...
bell arch
a round arch resting on prominent corbels. See illus. under arch. * * *
Bell Bay
▪ Tasmania, Australia       port and site of a large aluminum-production facility, northern Tasmania, Australia, on the east bank of the River Tamar estuary in George ...
bell beaker
Archaeol. a bell-shaped beaker, esp. one associated with the Beaker folk. [1900-05] * * *
bell book
Naut. a book in which all orders affecting the main engines of a ship are recorded. [so called from the special use of bells on a ship] * * *
bell buoy
Naut. a buoy having a bell that is rung by the motion of the buoy. [1830-40] * * *
Bell Burnell, (Susan) Jocelyn
orig. Susan Jocelyn Bell born July 15, 1943, Belfast, N.Ire. British astronomer. As a research assistant at the University of Cambridge, she assisted in constructing a large ...
Bell Burnell, Jocelyn
▪ British astronomer née  Susan Jocelyn Bell  born July 15, 1943, Belfast, N.Ire.       British astronomer. As a research assistant at the University of Cambridge, ...
bell captain
a hotel employee who supervises the work of bellhops. [1925-30, Amer.] * * *
bell chime
▪ musical instrument       (from medieval Latin cymbala, meaning “bells”) set of stationary bells tuned in a musical series, traditionally in diatonic sequence ...
bell cow
a cow, esp. the lead cow of a herd, having a bell attached to a collar around its neck so that the herd can be located easily. [1855-60, Amer.] * * *
bell crank
—bell-cranked, adj. Mach. a lever or rocker having two arms meeting at a pivot at a right angle, used for transmitting motion between two parts meeting at an angle. [1880-85] * ...
bell curve
bell curve n. Statistics a curve resembling the outline of a flared bell, usually representing a normal distribution * * *
bell curve.
See bell-shaped curve. * * *
bell frog
any of several tree frogs having a bell-like call. [1680-90] * * *
Bell Gardens
a town in SW California, near Los Angeles. 34,117. * * *
bell glass.
See bell jar. * * *
bell heather
a European heath, Erica cinerea, having prostrate branches with terminal clusters of red flowers. * * *
bell housing
Auto. a flared casing that encloses a clutch assembly. * * *
Bell Island
▪ island, Newfoundland, Canada       island in southeastern Newfoundland, Canada; it lies in Conception Bay 3 mi (5 km) off the Avalon Peninsula. Bell Island is 6 mi ...
bell jar
a bell-shaped glass jar or cover for protecting delicate instruments, bric-a-brac, or the like, or for containing gases or a vacuum in chemical experiments. Also called bell ...
Bell Jar, The
a novel (1963) by Sylvia Plath. * * *
Bell Laboratories
U.S. research and development company (founded 1925) that develops telecommunications equipment and carries out defense-related research. Formerly part of AT&T, it now belongs ...
bell lap
the final lap in a race of repeated circuits, signaled by the ringing of a bell. [1970-75] * * *
bell metal
an alloy of about 80 percent copper and 20 percent tin, sometimes with small amounts of lead and zinc, having low damping qualities and used esp. for bells. [1535-45] * * *
Bell palsy
▪ pathology       abrupt paralysis of the muscles on one side of the face due to dysfunction of the seventh cranial nerve, the facial nerve. The disorder is named for ...
bell pepper
bell pepper n. 1. the large, sweet, bell-shaped, tropical American red pepper used as a vegetable 2. the plant (Capsicum frutescens var. grossum) on which these grow: see ...
bell pepper.
See sweet pepper. [1700-10] * * *
Bell purchase
a tackle consisting of two standing single blocks, two running single blocks, a fall, and a runner, so arranged that it gives a mechanical advantage of six, neglecting ...
bell push
a button, as on the front door of a house, that rings a bell when pushed. [1880-85] * * *
Bell Rock
▪ reef, Scotland, United Kingdom also called  Inchcape Rock        sandstone reef in the North Sea off the coast of Scotland, 12 miles (19 km) southeast of Arbroath, ...
bell seat
(on some 18th-century chairs) a seat having an outline resembling that of a bell. Also called balloon seat. * * *
Bell System
▪ American telephone system       a former American telephone system, governed by American Telephone & Telegraph Company (now AT&T Corporation (AT&T Corporation); q.v.) ...
bell toad.
See tailed frog. * * *
bell tower
bell tower n. a tower in which a bell or set of bells is hung * * *
Bell Trade Act
▪ United States [1946] formally  Philippine Trade Act of 1946        an act passed by the U.S. Congress specifying the economic conditions governing the emergence of ...
Bell's palsy
Pathol. suddenly occurring paralysis that distorts one side of the face, caused by a lesion of the facial nerve. [1855-60; named after Charles Bell (1774-1842), Scottish ...
Bell'sLaw
Bell's Law (bĕlz) n. Anatomy 1. An axiom stating that the anterior or ventral roots of the spinal nerves are motor and the posterior or dorsal roots are sensory. 2. The ...
Bell'spalsy
Bell's palsy n. A unilateral facial muscle paralysis of sudden onset, resulting from trauma, compression, or infection of the facial nerve and characterized by muscle weakness ...
Bell, (Arthur) Clive (Heward)
born Sept. 16, 1881, East Shefford, Berkshire, Eng. died Sept. 17, 1964, London British art critic. He studied at Cambridge University and in Paris. In 1907 he married Vanessa ...
Bell, (Arthur) Clive (Howard)
Bell, (Arthur) Clive (Howard). 1881-1964. British critic who proposed his aesthetic theory of significant form in Art (1914). * * *
Bell, Alexander Graham
born March 3, 1847, Edinburgh, Scot. died Aug. 2, 1922, Beinn Bhreagh, Nova Scotia, Can. Scottish-born U.S. audiologist and inventor. He moved to the U.S. in 1871 to teach the ...
Bell, Andrew
▪ Scottish educator born March 27, 1753, St. Andrews, Fife, Scotland died January 27, 1832, Cheltenham, England       Scottish clergyman who developed popular education ...
Bell, Bob Lewis
▪ 1998       American performer who starred (1959-84) as the original fiery-red-haired Bozo the Clown on WGN-TV's "Bozo's Circus," a Chicago program that attracted more ...
bell, book, and candle
▪ Roman Catholicism       in Roman Catholicism, a ceremony formerly used in pronouncing the “major excommunication” or “anathema” (see excommunication). Its ...
Bell, Carey
▪ 2008 Carey Bell Harrington        American blues harmonica player born Nov. 14, 1936, Macon, Miss. died May 6, 2007, Chicago, Ill. became a fixture on the Chicago ...
Bell, Charles Frederic Moberly
▪ British journalist born April 2, 1847, Alexandria, Egypt died April 5, 1911, London, England       British journalist who played a significant part in the management ...
Bell, Charlie
▪ 2006 Charles H. Bell        Australian business executive (b. Nov. 7, 1960, Sydney, Australia—d. Jan. 17, 2005, Sydney), rocketed up through the ranks of U.S.-based ...
Bell, Clive
▪ British critic in full  Arthur Clive Heward Bell  born September 16, 1881, East Shefford, Berkshire, England died September 17, 1964, London       English art ...
Bell, Cool Papa
orig. James Thomas Bell born May 17, 1903, Starkville, Miss., U.S. died March 7, 1991, St. Louis, Mo. U.S. baseball player. Bell was a switch-hitting outfielder for most of ...
Bell, Daniel
▪ American sociologist born May 10, 1919, New York, New York, U.S.       American sociologist and journalist who used sociological theory to reconcile what he believed ...
Bell, Derek Fleetwood
▪ 2003       Irish musician and composer (b. Oct. 21, 1935, Belfast, N.Ire.—d. Oct. 17, 2002, Phoenix, Ariz.), brought a classical music background to the popular ...
Bell, Eric Temple
▪ American mathematician born February 7, 1883, Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland died December 21, 1960, Watsonville, California, U.S.       Scottish American ...
Bell, George Kennedy Allen
▪ British clergyman born Feb. 4, 1883, Hayling Island, South Hampshire, Eng. died Oct. 3, 1958, Canterbury, Kent  Anglican bishop of Chichester, outstanding ecumenicist, and ...
Bell, Gertrude
born July 14, 1868, Washington Hall, Durham, Eng. died July 12, 1926, Baghdad, Iraq British traveler, writer, and colonial administrator. After graduating from Oxford, she ...
Bell, Henry
▪ Scottish engineer born 1767, Torphichen, Linlithgowshire, Scot. died Nov. 14, 1830, Helensburgh, Dumbartonshire  Scottish engineer who launched the first commercially ...
Bell, John
born Feb. 15, 1797, near Nashville, Tenn., U.S. died Sept. 10, 1869, Dover, Tenn. U.S. politician. He represented Tennessee in the U.S. House of Representatives (1827–41) and ...
Bell, Josephine
▪ British physician and writer pseudonym of  Doris Bell Ball , née  Collier  born Dec. 8, 1897, Manchester, Eng. died April 24, 1987       English physician and ...
Bell, Joshua
▪ 2008 born Dec. 9, 1967, Bloomington, Ind.       In a crowd of youthful professional violinists, American Joshua Bell stood out in 2007. A technically accomplished and ...
Bell, Ken
▪ 2001       Canadian photographer (b. July 30, 1914, Toronto, Ont.—d. June 26, 2000, Gibsons, B.C.), was one of Canada's most accomplished photographers. Bell ...
Bell, Lawrence Dale
▪ American aircraft designer born April 5, 1894, Mentone, Ind., U.S. died Oct. 20, 1956, Buffalo       U.S. aircraft designer whose experimental X-1 rocket-propelled ...
Bell, Mary Hayley
▪ 2006       British playwright, novelist, and actress (b. Jan. 22, 1911, Shanghai, China—d. Dec. 1, 2005, Denham, Buckinghamshire, Eng.), turned her back on a ...
Bell, Quentin Claudian Stephen
▪ 1997       British artist, critic, university professor, and writer who chronicled the Bloomsbury group, which was founded by his parents, Clive and Vanessa Bell, and ...
Bell, Sir Charles
▪ British anatomist born November 1774, Edinburgh, Scot. died April 28, 1842, North Hallow, Worcestershire, Eng.  Scottish anatomist whose New Idea of Anatomy of the Brain ...
Bell, Sir Francis Henry Dillon
▪ prime minister of New Zealand born March 31, 1851, Nelson, N.Z. died March 13, 1936, Lowry Bay, near Wellington       New Zealand lawyer and statesman who had a ...
Bell,Alexander Graham
Bell, Alexander Graham. 1847-1922. Library of Congress Scottish-born American inventor of the telephone. The first demonstration of electrical transmission of speech by his ...
Bell,James Thomas
Bell, James Thomas. Known as “Cool Papa.” 1903-1991. American baseball player who spent his entire career in the Negro Leagues (1922-1950). Considered by many to be the ...
bell-bottom
/bel"bot'euhm/, adj. 1. Also, bell-bottomed. (of trousers) wide and flaring at the bottoms of the legs. n. 2. bell-bottoms, (used with a pl. v.) bell-bottom trousers. [1885-90] * ...
bell-bottoms
bell-bot·toms (bĕlʹbŏt'əmz) pl.n. Trousers with legs that flare at the bottom. * * * ➡ jeans * * *
bell-hanger's bit
/bel"hang'euhrz/, Carpentry. a bit for drilling small holes through studs or the like. * * *
bell-magpie
▪ bird       Australasian songbird belonging to the family Cracticidae (order Passeriformes), named for its loud, metallic voice and magpie-like black-and-white plumage. ...
bell-ringers
➡ bells and bell-ringing * * *
bell-shaped curve
/bel"shaypt'/, Statistics. a frequency curve that resembles the outline of a bell, as the normal curve. Also called bell curve. * * *
bell-shapedcurve
bell-shaped curve (bĕlʹshāpt') n. Variant of bell curve. * * *
Bella
/bel"euh/, n. a female given name, form of Isabella. * * * (as used in expressions) Abzug Bella Bella Savitzky Ben Bella Ahmed * * *
Bella Coola
▪ people also called  Nuxalk        North American Indians whose villages were located in what is now the central British Columbia coast, along the upper Dean and ...
bella figura
bella figura [bel′lä fē go͞o′rä] n. 〚It〛 a good impression; fine appearance * * *
Bella, Ivan
▪ Slovak pilot and air force officer born May 25, 1964, Brezno, Czech. [now Slovakia]       Slovak pilot and air force officer and the first Slovak citizen to go into ...
Bella, Stefano della
▪ Italian printmaker (Italian),French  Étienne De La Belle   born May 18, 1610, Florence [Italy] died July 12, 1664, Florence       Baroque printmaker noted for his ...
Bellabella
/bel'euh bel"euh/, n., pl. Bellabellas, (esp. collectively) Bellabella for 1. 1. a member of a branch of the Kwakiutl Indians inhabiting central coastal British Columbia. 2. the ...
Bellacoola
/bel'euh kooh"leuh/, n., pl. Bellacoolas, (esp. collectively) Bellacoola for 1. 1. a member of a riverine tribe of North American Indians inhabiting an area near the central ...
belladonna
/bel'euh don"euh/, n. 1. Also called deadly nightshade. a poisonous plant, Atropa belladonna, of the nightshade family, having purplish-red flowers and black berries. 2. Pharm. a ...
belladonna lily
amaryllis (def. 2). [1725-35] * * *
Belladonna, Giorgio
▪ 1996       Italian contract bridge player who led the Italian Squadra Azzura, or Blue Team, to 10 European championships and 16 world titles between 1957 and 1975 (b. ...
belladonnaalkaloids
belladonna alkaloids pl.n. A group of alkaloids, including atropine and scopolamine, found in plants such as belladonna and jimsonweed. They are used in medicine to dilate the ...
belladonnalily
belladonna lily n. A bulbous, perennial southern African herb (Amaryllis belladonna) having showy umbels of large trumpet-shaped flowers that appear in the fall after the spring ...
Bellah, Robert Neelly
▪ American sociologist born February 23, 1927, Altus, Oklahoma, U.S.       American sociologist who addressed the problem of change in modern religious practice and who ...
Bellaire
/beuh lair", bel air"/, n. a city in SE Texas, within the city limits of Houston. 14,950. * * *
Bellamy
/bel"euh mee/, n. Edward, 1850-98, U.S. author. * * *
Bellamy, Edward
born March 26, 1850, Chicopee Falls, Mass., U.S. died May 22, 1898, Chicopee Falls U.S. writer. Bellamy first became aware of the plight of the urban poor at age 18 while ...
Bellamy, George Anne
▪ English actress born c. 1727, , Fingal, Ire. died Feb. 16, 1788, London, Eng.       English actress whose stage career and personal life were, in their irregularity, ...
Bellamy, Ralph
▪ American actor in full  Ralph Rexford Bellamy   born June 17, 1904, Chicago, Ill., U.S. died Nov. 29, 1991, Los Angeles, Calif.       American film and stage ...
Bellamy,Edward
Bel·la·my (bĕlʹə-mē), Edward. 1850-1898. American writer and utopian socialist who publicized his political views through his popular novel Looking Backward (1888). * * *
Bellanca, Dorothy Jacobs
▪ American activist née  Dorothy Jacobs   born Aug. 10, 1894, Zemel, Latvia died Aug. 16, 1946, New York, N.Y., U.S.       Latvian-born American labour leader, ...
Bellanca, Giuseppe Mario
▪ American aeronautical designer born March 19, 1886, Sciacca, Italy died Dec. 26, 1960, New York, N.Y., U.S.        airplane designer and builder who created the first ...
bellarmine
/bel'ahr meen", bel"ahr meen', -euhr-/, n. a fat, narrow-necked stoneware bottle of the 16th and 17th centuries, ornamented with a bearded mask. Also called graybeard, ...
Bellarmine, Saint Robert
Italian Roberto Francesco Romolo Bellarmino born Oct. 4, 1542, Monrepulciano, Tuscany died Sept. 17, 1621, Rome; canonized 1930; feast day September 17 Italian cardinal and ...
Bellary
Bel·la·ry (bə-lärʹē) A town of south-central India north-northwest of Bangalore. It is a trade and administrative center. Population: 245,391. * * * ▪ ...
Bellatrix
/beuh lay"triks/, n. Astron. a blue-white giant star in the constellation Orion, with apparent magnitude +1.63. [ < ML, L bellatrix martial, waging war, equiv. to bella(re) to ...
Bellay
/be lay"/, n. Joachim du /zhaw ann keem" dyuu/, c1525-60, French poet. * * *
Bellay, Guillaume du, Seigneur De Langey
▪ French soldier, writer, and diplomat born 1491, Glatigny, Fr. died Jan. 9, 1543, Saint-Symphorien-de-Lay       French soldier and writer known for his diplomatic ...
Bellay, Jean du
▪ French cardinal and diplomat born 1492/98, Glatigny, Fr. died Feb. 16, 1560, Rome, Papal States [Italy]  French cardinal and diplomat, one of the chief counsellors of King ...
Bellay,Joachim du
Bel·lay (bə-lāʹ, bĕ-lāʹ), Joachim du. 1522?-1560. French poet. A founder of a group of poets known as the Pléiade, he wrote sonnets, satires on literary conventions, and ...
bellbird
/bel"berrd'/, n. any of several birds having a loud bell-like cry, esp. Anthornis melanura, a honey eater of New Zealand, and Procnias tricarunculata (three-wattled bellbird) of ...
bellboy
/bel"boy'/, n. a bellhop. [1830-40, Amer.; BELL1 + BOY] * * *
bellbuoy
bell buoy n. Nautical A buoy fitted with a warning bell that is activated by the movement of the waves. * * *
bellcaptain
bell captain n. The supervisor of a group of bellhops. * * *
bellcurve
bell curve or bell-shaped curve (bĕlʹshāpt') n. The symmetrical curve of a normal distribution. Also called normal curve. * * *
belle
/bel/, n. 1. a woman or girl admired for her beauty and charm. 2. the most beautiful, charming, or engaging woman or girl among a number: the belle of the ball. [1615-25; < F; OF ...
Belle
/bel/, n. a female given name, form of Bella. * * * (as used in expressions) Belle Isle Strait of Elion Gertrude Belle Belle Silverman Starr Belle Myra Belle Shirley * * *
Belle Dame Sans Merci
one of the best-known poems by John Keats about a knight who falls in love with a beautiful woman with magic powers. He dreams that he is with her in the countryside, but wakes ...
belle époque
belle epoque [be lā pôk′] n. 〚Fr〛 [also B- E-] the era of elegance and gaiety that characterized fashionable Parisian life in the period preceding WWI * * * belle ...
Belle Époque, La
/lann bel ay pawk"/, French. the period (1871-1914) between the end of the Franco-Prussian War and the outbreak of World War I, characterized by relative peacefulness in Western ...
Belle Fourche
▪ South Dakota, United States       city, seat (1894) of Butte county, western South Dakota, U.S. It lies at the confluence of the Redwater and Belle Fourche rivers, ...
Belle Glade
a city in SE Florida. 16,535. * * * ▪ Florida, United States       city, Palm Beach county, south-central Florida, U.S., about 40 miles (65 km) west of West Palm ...
Belle Isle
Strait of, a strait between Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada. 10-15 mi. (16-24 km) wide. * * *
Belle Isle, Strait of
Channel, eastern Canada. The northern entrance from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of St. Lawrence, it is 90 mi (145 km) long and 10–20 mi (16–32 km) wide. It flows between ...
Belle Isle,Strait of
Belle Isle, Strait of A channel between southeast Labrador and northwest Newfoundland, Canada. It is the northern entrance to the Gulf of St. Lawrence. * * *
Belle IsleStrait of
Belle IsleStrait of 〚after the small island, Belle Isle (Fr, beautiful island), at its Atlantic entrance, the first land seen by incoming ships〛 strait between Labrador & ...
Belle Starr
➡ Starr * * *
Belle-Île-en-Mer
▪ island, France Breton  Enez ar Gerveur        island off the south coast of Brittany, western France, 8 miles (13 km) southwest of Presqu'Île de Quiberon and ...
Belle-Isle, Charles Fouquet, duc de, Duc De Gisors
▪ French marshal born , Sept. 24, 1684, Villefranche, Fr. died Jan. 26, 1761, Versailles       marshal of France and statesman chiefly important for his role in ...
Belleau Wood
/bel"oh/; Fr. /be loh"/ a forest in N France, NW of Château-Thierry: a memorial to the U.S. Marines who won a battle there 1918. * * *
Belleau, Rémy
▪ French poet born 1528, Nogent-le-Rotrou, near Chartres, France died March 6, 1577, Paris  Renaissance scholar and poet who wrote highly polished portraits known as ...
BelleauWood
Bel·leau Wood (bĕ-lōʹ, bĕlʹō) A forested area of northern France east of Château-Thierry. In World War I it was the site of a hard-fought victory over the Germans (June ...
Bellecour
▪ French playwright original name  Jean-claude-gilles Colson  born January 16, 1725, Paris died November 19, 1778, Paris       playwright who also was one of the ...
Bellecour, Madame
▪ French actress original name  Rose-perrine Le Roy De La Corbinaye,  also called  Mademoiselle Beauménard  born Dec. 20, 1730, Lamballe, Fr. died Aug. 5, 1799, ...
Belleek
/beuh leek"/, n. a fragile Irish porcelain with a bright luster. Also called Belleek ware. [1865-70; after Belleek, town in Northern Ireland where it is made] * * *
Belleek (ware)
Belleek (ware) or Belleek [bə lēk′] n. 〚after Belleek, town in Northern Ireland, where it is made〛 a fine, glossy, often iridescent pottery resembling porcelain * * *
Belleek ware
 porcelain from the factory at Belleek, in Fermanagh, Ire. (now Northern Ireland). Extensive local deposits of white feldspar and Cornish china clay and the use of skilled ...
Bellefontaine
/bel fown"tn, -fon"-/, n. a city in W Ohio. 11,888. * * * ▪ Ohio, United States       city, seat (1820) of Logan county, west central Ohio, U.S., about 45 miles (70 ...
Bellefontaine Neighbors
a city in E Missouri. 12,082. * * *
BelleFourche
Belle Fourche (bĕlʹ fo͞oshʹ) A river rising in northeast Wyoming and flowing about 467 km (290 mi) to the Cheyenne River in western South Dakota. * * *
Bellenden Ker Range
▪ massif, Queensland, Australia       granitic massif, in the Eastern Highlands, northeastern Queensland, Australia, extending for 40 mi (65 km) along the coast ...
Bellenden, John
▪ Scottish writer Bellenden also spelled  Ballenden,  Ballentyne,  Ballantyne , or  Bannatyne  flourished 1533–87       Scottish writer whose translation of ...
Bellerophon
—Bellerophontic, adj. /beuh ler"euh fon'/, n. Class. Myth. a Corinthian hero who, mounted on Pegasus, killed the Chimera. Also, Bellerophontes /beuh ler'euh fon"teez/. * * ...
belles lettres
▪ literature       literature that is an end in itself and is not practical or purely informative. The term can refer generally to poetry, fiction, drama, etc., or more ...
belles-lettres
—belletrist /bel le"trist/, n. —belletristic /bel'li tris"tik/, adj. Fr. /bel le"trddeu/, n.pl. 1. literature regarded as a fine art, esp. as having a purely aesthetic ...
belletrism
See belletrist. * * *
belletrist
belletrist [bel le′trist] n. a writer of belles-lettres belletristic [bel΄le tris′tik] adj. * * * bel·let·rist (bĕl-lĕtʹrĭst) n. A writer of ...
belletristic
See belletrism. * * *
Belleville
/bel"vil/, n. 1. a city in SW Illinois. 42,150. 2. a city in NE New Jersey. 35,367. 3. a city in S Ontario, in S Canada. 34,881. * * * ▪ Illinois, United ...
Belleville spring
Mach. a spring having the form of a washer or dished disk with an open center, used for cushioning heavy loads with short motion. * * *
Bellevue
/bel"vyooh/, n. 1. a city in E Washington. 73,903. 2. a town in E Nebraska. 21,813. 3. a city in SW Pennsylvania. 10,128. * * * ▪ Nebraska, United States       city, ...
bellflower
/bel"flow'euhr/, n. 1. any of numerous plants of the genus Campanula, having usually bell-shaped flowers and including many species cultivated as ornamentals. Cf. bellflower ...
Bellflower
/bel"flow'euhr/, n. a city in SW California, near Los Angeles. 53,441. * * * Any of about 300 annual, perennial, and biennial herbaceous plants of the genus Campanula (family ...
bellflower family
the plant family Campanulaceae, characterized by chiefly herbaceous plants having simple, alternate leaves and solitary or clustered flowers with a bell-shaped, five-lobed, often ...
BellGardens
Bell Gardens A city of southern California, a suburb of Los Angeles. Population: 42,355. * * *
bellhanger
/bel"hang'euhr/, n. a person who installs and repairs bells and their attachments. [1530-40; BELL1 + HANGER] * * *
bellhop
/bel"hop'/, n., v., bellhopped, bellhopping. n. 1. a person who is employed, esp. by a hotel, to carry guests' luggage, run errands, etc. v.i. 2. Also, bell-hop. to work as a ...
Belli, Carlos Germán
▪ Peruvian author born Sept. 15, 1927, Lima, Peru       Peruvian poet noted for his unique blend of precise classical expression and contemporary ...
Belli, Giuseppe Gioacchino
▪ Italian poet born Sept. 10, 1791, Rome [Italy] died Dec. 21, 1863, Rome       poet whose satirical sonnets present a vivid picture of life in papal Rome in the early ...
Belli, Melvin Mouron
▪ 1997       U.S. lawyer (b. July 29, 1907, Sonora, Calif.—d. July 9, 1996, San Francisco, Calif.), was renowned for his flamboyant presentations in court and was ...
Belli, Pierino
▪ Italian jurist and soldier born March 20, 1502, Alba, Montferrat [Italy] died Dec. 31, 1575, Turin, Savoy       Piedmontese soldier, jurist, and an authority on the ...
bellicose
—bellicosely, adv. —bellicosity /bel'i kos"i tee/, bellicoseness, n. /bel"i kohs'/, adj. inclined or eager to fight; aggressively hostile; belligerent; pugnacious. [1400-50; ...
bellicosely
See bellicose. * * *
bellicoseness
See bellicosely. * * *
bellicosity
See bellicosely. * * *
bellied
/bel"eed/, adj. 1. having a belly, esp. one of a specified kind, size, shape, condition, etc. (usually used in combination): big-bellied. 2. swelled or puffed out: a bellied ...
belligerence
/beuh lij"euhr euhns/, n. 1. a warlike or aggressively hostile nature, condition, or attitude. 2. an act of carrying on war; warfare. [1805-15; BELLIGER(ENT) + -ENCE] * * *
belligerency
/beuh lij"euhr euhn see/, n. 1. the position or status as a belligerent; state of being actually engaged in war. 2. belligerence. [1860-65; BELLIGER(ENT) + -ENCY] * * * ▪ ...
belligerent
—belligerently, adv. /beuh lij"euhr euhnt/, adj. 1. warlike; given to waging war. 2. of warlike character; aggressively hostile; bellicose: a belligerent tone. 3. waging war; ...
belligerently
See belligerent. * * *
belling
/bel"ing/, n. Chiefly Midland U.S. shivaree (def. 1). [1860-65; BELL1 + -ING1] * * *
Bellingham
/bel"ing ham'/, n. 1. a seaport in NW Washington. 45,794. 2. a city in E Massachusetts. 14,300. * * * ▪ Washington, United States       city, seat (1854) of Whatcom ...
Bellingshausen
/bel"ingz how'zeuhn/, n. Fabian Gottlieb von /fay"bee euhn got"leeb von/, (Faddey Faddeyevich Bellingshauzen), 1778-1852, Russian naval officer and explorer. * * *
Bellingshausen Sea
Bellingshausen Sea [bel′iŋz hou΄zən] part of the S Pacific Ocean, west of the Antarctic Peninsula * * *
Bellingshausen, Fabian Gottlieb von
▪ Russian explorer Russian  Faddey Faddeyevich Bellinsgauzen   born Aug. 18 [Aug. 9, Old Style], 1778, Ösel, Estonia, Russian Empire died Jan. 13 [Jan. 2], 1852, ...
Bellingshausen,Fabian Gottlieb von
Bel·lings·hau·sen (bĕlʹĭngz-hou'zən), Fabian Gottlieb von. 1778-1852. Russian naval officer and explorer who led an expedition that circumnavigated Antarctica ...
BellingshausenSea
Bellingshausen Sea An arm of the southern Pacific Ocean off the coast of Antarctica extending from Alexander I Island to Thurston Island. * * *
bellini
/beuh lee"nee/, n. a cocktail made with sparkling wine and peach purée. [1980-85; < It] * * *
Bellini family
Family of Italian artists. Jacopo Bellini (с 1400–70/71) was trained under Gentile da Fabriano, and by с 1440 he had a thriving studio in Venice. More important than his ...
Bellini, Gentile
▪ Italian painter born c. 1429, Venice [Italy]—buried Feb. 23, 1507, Venice    Italian painter, member of the founding family of the Venetian school of Renaissance ...
Bellini, Giovanni
▪ Italian painter born c. 1430, Venice [Italy] died 1516, Venice  Italian painter who, in his work, reflects the increasing interest of the Venetian artistic milieu in the ...
Bellini, Jacopo
▪ Italian painter born c. 1400, Venice died c. 1470, Venice  painter who introduced the principles of Florentine early Renaissance art into Venice.       He was ...
Bellini, Lorenzo
▪ Italian physician and anatomist born Sept. 3, 1643, Florence died Jan. 8, 1704, Florence  physician and anatomist who described the collecting, or excretory, tubules of the ...
Bellini, Vincenzo
born Nov. 3, 1801, Catania, Sicily died Sept. 23, 1835, Puteaux, France Italian composer. Born into a musical family, he was educated at the Naples Conservatory. He wrote his ...
Bellini,Vincenzo
Bellini, Vincenzo. 1801-1835. Italian composer whose operas include La Sonnambula and Norma (both 1831). * * *
Bellinzona
/bel'in zoh"neuh/; It. /bel'leen tsaw"nah/, n. a town in and the capital of Ticino, in S Switzerland. 17,700. * * * ▪ Switzerland       capital of Ticino canton, ...
belljar
bell jar n. A cylindrical glass vessel with a rounded top and an open base, used to protect and display fragile objects or to establish a vacuum or a controlled atmosphere in ...
belllap
bell lap n. The final lap of a race, as at a track meet, signaled by the ringing of a bell as the leader begins the lap. * * *
bellman
/bel"meuhn/, n., pl. bellmen. 1. a bellhop. 2. a person who carries or rings a bell, esp. a town crier or watchman. [1350-1400; ME; see BELL1, -MAN] * * *
Bellman, Carl Michael
▪ Swedish poet and musician born Feb. 4, 1740, Stockholm died Feb. 11, 1795, Stockholm  outstanding poet-musician of 18th-century Sweden, whose songs have remained popular in ...
Bellmawr
/bel mahr"/, n. a borough in SW New Jersey. 13,721. * * *
bellmetal
bell metal n. An alloy of tin and copper used to make bells. * * *
Bellmore
/bel"mawr, -mohr/, n. a city on S Long Island, in SE New York. 18,106. * * *
bellmouthed
bellmouthed [bel′mouthd΄, bel′moutht΄] adj. having a flaring mouth or opening like that of a bell * * *
Bello
/be"yaw/, n. 1. Andrés /ahn drddes"/, 1781-1865, Venezuelan poet, philologist, and educator. 2. a city in central Colombia. 113,439. * * * ▪ Colombia       city, ...
Bello Horizonte
Port. /be"loo aw'rddi zawonn"ti/. See Belo Horizonte. * * *
Bello, Andrés
▪ Chilean poet and scholar born Nov. 29, 1781, Caracas died Oct. 15, 1865, Santiago, Chile  poet and scholar, regarded as the intellectual father of South ...
Belloc
/bel"euhk, -ok/, n. Hilaire /hi lair"/, 1870-1953, English essayist, poet, and satirist, born in France. * * *
Belloc, (Joseph-Pierre) Hilaire
born July 27, 1870, La Celle-Saint-Cloud, France died July 16, 1953, Guildford, Surrey, Eng. French-born British poet, historian, Catholic apologist, and essayist. A highly ...
Belloc, Hilaire
▪ British author in full  Joseph-Hilaire-Pierre-René Belloc  born July 27, 1870, La Celle-Saint-Cloud, Fr. died July 16, 1953, Guildford, Surrey, Eng.  French-born poet, ...
Belloc,Hilaire
Bel·loc (bĕlʹŏk', -ək), Hilaire. 1870-1953. French-born British writer. Considered a master of light English prose, he was also known widely for his droll verse, especially ...
Bellona
/beuh loh"neuh/, n. the ancient Roman goddess of war. * * * ▪ Roman goddess original name  Duellona        in Roman religion, goddess of war, identified with the ...
Bellotto
/beuh lot"oh/; It. /bel lawt"taw/, n. Bernardo /beuhr nahr"doh/; It. /berdd nahrdd"daw/, (Canaletto), 1720-80, Italian painter. * * *
Bellotto, Bernardo
known as Canaletto born Jan. 30, 1720, Venice died Oct. 17, 1780, Warsaw, Pol. Italian painter of topographical views, known as vedute ("view paintings"). He was the nephew of ...
Bellou, Sotiria
▪ 1998       Greek singer who was the first woman to have a career performing rebetika songs, Greek urban folk music, which she made her trademark for some 40 years (b. ...
bellow
—bellower, n. /bel"oh/, v.i. 1. to emit a hollow, loud, animal cry, as a bull or cow. 2. to roar; bawl: bellowing with rage. v.t. 3. to utter in a loud deep voice: He bellowed ...
Bellow
/bel"oh/, n. Saul, born 1915, U.S. novelist, born in Canada: Nobel prize for literature 1976. * * *
Bellow, Saul
born June 10, 1915, Lachine, near Montreal, Que., Can. died April 5, 2005, Brookline, Mass., U.S. Canadian-born U.S. novelist. Born to an immigrant Russian Jewish family, he ...
Bellow,Saul
Bel·low (bĕlʹō), Saul. Born 1915. Canadian-born American writer whose novels, including The Dangling Man (1944) and Humboldt's Gift (1975), often concern an alienated ...
bellower
See bellow. * * *
bellows
—bellowslike, adj. /bel"ohz, -euhz/, n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.) 1. a device for producing a strong current of air, consisting of a chamber that can be expanded to draw in ...
Bellows
/bel"ohz/, n. George Wesley, 1882-1925, U.S. painter and lithographer. * * * Mechanical contrivance for creating a jet of air, consisting usually of a hinged box with flexible ...
Bellows Falls
▪ Vermont, United States       village in Rockingham town (township), Windham county, southeastern Vermont, U.S., on the Connecticut River. It was settled about 1753 ...
bellows fish
snipefish. [1675-85] * * *
Bellows, George Wesley
born Aug. 12, 1882, Columbus, Ohio, U.S. died Jan. 8, 1925, New York, N.Y. U.S. painter and lithographer. He studied with Robert Henri at the New York School of Art and became ...
Bellows,George Wesley
Bel·lows (bĕlʹōz), George Wesley. 1882-1925. American artist noted for his energetic paintings of sporting scenes, such as Stag at Sharkey's (1907). * * *
bellpepper
bell pepper sliced and whole bell peppers PhotoDisc, Inc. n. 1. A variety of sweet pepper widely cultivated for its edible fruit. 2. The large, crisp, bell-shaped red, yellow, ...
bellperson
/bel"perr'seuhn/, n. a bellhop. [BELL(HOP) + -PERSON] Usage. See -person. * * *
bellpull
/bel"pool'/, n. a handle, cord, or strip of cloth pulled to ring a bell. [1835-45, Amer.; BELL1 + PULL] * * *
bells
/belz/, n. (used with a pl. v.) Informal. bell-bottom (def. 2). [1965-70; by shortening of the full phrase, as in shorts from short pants] * * *
bells and bell-ringing
Bells hung high in the towers of churches are rung to announce church services. In Britain the sound of church bells from a belfry is associated with Sunday mornings and with ...
bells and whistles
Informal. features added to a product; special parts or functions; extras. [1970-75] * * *
bells of Ireland
a plant, Molucella laevis, native to western Asia, having inconspicuous white flowers, each surrounded by an enlarged green calyx. Also called shellflower. [1955-60; so called ...
bellsand whistles
bells and whistles pl.n. Nonessential features or enhancements intended especially to add commercial appeal. * * *
bellsof Ireland
bells of Ire·land (īrʹlənd) n. An annual western Asian plant (Moluccella laevis) in the mint family, grown for its long stems covered with persistent shell-shaped calyxes. * ...
Bellson, Louie
▪ American musician original name  Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni ; also called  Louis Bellson  born July 26, 1924, Rock Falls, Illinois, ...
belltower
bell tower n. A tower in which a bell or a set of bells is hung. * * *
Belluno
▪ Italy       city, Veneto regione, northeastern Italy. The city lies at the confluence of the Piave and Ardo rivers, in the Dolomite Alps, north of Venice. Of ...
Belluschi, Pietro
▪ 1995       Italian-born architect (Aug. 18, 1899, Ancona, Italy—d. Feb. 14, 1994, Portland, Ore.), designed the Equitable Life Assurance Building (1944-47), in ...
Bellville
▪ South Africa       city, Western Cape province, South Africa. It lies east of Cape Town within the Cape Peninsula urban area. Originally a village called Twelfth Mile ...
bellwether
/bel"wedh'euhr/, n. 1. a wether or other male sheep that leads the flock, usually bearing a bell. 2. a person or thing that assumes the leadership or forefront, as of a ...
Bellwood
/bel"wood'/, n. a city in NE Illinois, near Chicago. 19,811. * * *
bellwort
/bel"werrt', -wawrt'/, n. a plant of the genus Uvularia, of the lily family, having a delicate, bell-shaped yellow flower. Also called merry-bells. [1775-85; BELL1 + WORT2] * * ...
belly
—bellylike, adj. /bel"ee/, n., pl. bellies, v., bellied, bellying. n. 1. the front or under part of a vertebrate body from the breastbone to the pelvis, containing the ...
belly bust
South Midland and Southern U.S. See belly flop. Also, belly buster. [1885-90] * * *
belly dance
—belly dancer. —belly dancing. an Oriental solo dance, performed by a woman with midriff exposed, emphasizing movements of the pelvis and abdominal muscles. Also called danse ...
belly dancer
See belly-dance. * * *
belly flop
Northern and North Midland U.S. 1. an awkward, usually unintentional dive in which the front of the body strikes the water horizontally, the abdomen or chest bearing the brunt of ...
belly girt
Chiefly New Eng. and South Atlantic States. girth1 (def. 2). Also, belly girth. * * *
belly laugh
a deep, loud, hearty laugh. [1920-25] * * *
belly pan
a plate enclosing the bottom of an automotive vehicle or the like below the chassis. * * *
belly slam
Chiefly Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York State. See belly flop. * * *
belly-bust
/bel"ee bust'/, v.i. South Midland and Southern U.S. belly-flop. * * *
belly-dance
See belly dance. * * *
belly-flop
/bel"ee flop'/, v.i., belly-flopped, belly-flopping. Northern and North Midland U.S. 1. to do a belly flop, as in diving or sledding. 2. to land or throw oneself heavily down on ...
belly-helve
/bel"ee helv'/, n. Brit. Metalworking. a triphammer in which the cams act at a point along the helve, partway between the fulcrum and the head. [1880-85] * * *
belly-land
/bel"ee land'/, Aeron. v.t. 1. (of an aviator) to land (an aircraft) directly on the fuselage, as because of defective landing gear. v.i. 2. (of an aircraft) to land directly on ...
belly-slam
/bel"ee slam'/, v.i., belly-slammed, belly-slamming. Chiefly Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New York State. belly-flop. * * *
belly-up
bel·ly-up (bĕlʹē-ŭpʹ) adj. Informal Bankrupt: The company went belly-up. * * *
belly-wash
/bel"ee wosh', -wawsh'/, n. Slang. any barely drinkable liquid or beverage, as inferior soda, beer, coffee, or soup. * * *
bellyache
—bellyacher, n. /bel"ee ayk'/, n., v., bellyached, bellyaching. n. 1. Informal. a pain in the abdomen or bowels. v.i. 2. Informal. to complain; grumble. [1545-55; BELLY + ...


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