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Bellis perennis
Bellows camera
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Bellows definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BEL'LOWS, n. sing.and plu.[L.bulga] An instrument, utensil or machine for blowing fire, either in private dwellings or in forges, furnaces and shops. It is so formed as by being dilated and contracted, to inhale air by a lateral orifice which is opened and closed with a valve, and to propel it through a tube upon the fire.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a mechanical device that blows a strong current of air; used to make a fire burn more fiercely or to sound a musical instrument

Merriam Webster's

noun plural but singular or plural in construction Etymology: Middle English bely, below, belwes more at belly Date: before 12th century 1. an instrument or machine that by alternate expansion and contraction draws in air through a valve or orifice and expels it through a tube; also any of various other blowers 2. lungs 3. the pleated expansible part in a camera; also a metallic or plastic flexible and expansible vessel

Merriam Webster's

biographical name George Wesley 1882-1925 American painter & lithographer

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n.pl. (also treated as sing.) 1 a device with an air bag that emits a stream of air when squeezed, esp.: a (in full pair of bellows) a kind with two handles used for blowing air on to a fire. b a kind used in a harmonium or small organ. 2 an expandable component, e.g. joining the lens to the body of a camera. Etymology: ME prob. f. OE belga pl. of belig belly

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bellows Bel"lows, n. sing. & pl. [OE. bely, below, belly, bellows, AS. b[ae]lg, b[ae]lig, bag, bellows, belly. Bellows is prop. a pl. 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.

Easton's Bible Dictionary

occurs only in Jer. 6:29, in relation to the casting of metal. Probably they consisted of leather bags similar to those common in Egypt.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

bel'-oz, bel'-us: The word occurs once only in English Versions of the Bible, in Jer 6:29, where the prophet is predicting the coming of the destroyer (verse 26), "a great nation" from "the north country" (verse 22), down upon Israel, because "all of them deal corruptly" (verse 28). "The bellows blow fiercely; the leads is of the fire." Here the imagery is drawn from the refiner's art, and the "bellows" are those used to make the refiner's fires burn fiercely.

See CRAFTS, II, 10.

1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue

The lungs.


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