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Definitions for bellows
ˈbɛl oʊz, -əzbel·lows

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bellowsnoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bellowsnoun

    It has no singular;

    Etymology: bilig , Sax. perhaps it is corrupted from bellies, the wind being contained in the hollow, or belly.

    Since sighs into my inward furnace turned,
    For bellows serve to kindle more the fire. Philip Sidney.

    One, with great bellows, gather’d the filling air,
    And, with forc’d wind, the fuel did inflame. Fairy Q. b. ii.

    The smith prepares his hammer for the stroke,
    While the lung’d bellows hissing fire provoke. John Dryden, Juv.

    The lungs, as bellows, supply a force of breath; and the aspera arteria is as the nose of bellows, to collect and convey the breath. William Holder, Elements of Speech.

    Thou neither, like a bellows, swell’st thy face,
    As if thou wert to blow the burning mass
    Of melting ore. John Dryden, Persius, sat. v.

Wikipedia

  1. Bellows

    A bellows or pair of bellows is a device constructed to furnish a strong blast of air. The simplest type consists of a flexible bag comprising a pair of rigid boards with handles joined by flexible leather sides enclosing an approximately airtight cavity which can be expanded and contracted by operating the handles, and fitted with a valve allowing air to fill the cavity when expanded, and with a tube through which the air is forced out in a stream when the cavity is compressed. It has many applications, in particular blowing on a fire to supply it with air. The term "bellows" is used by extension for a flexible bag whose volume can be changed by compression or expansion, but not used to deliver air. For example, the light-tight (but not airtight) bag allowing the distance between the lens and film of a folding photographic camera to be varied is called a bellows.

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  1. bellows

    A bellows is a device with an airbag that expands and contracts in order to force out a stream of air. It is typically used to stir up a fire or produce a strong current of air as required in various technical applications, such as in blowing organ pipes, forges, and furnaces. The construction may consist of a flexible bag, or other type of expandable structure, with inlet and outlet valves.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bellows

    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

Wikidata

  1. Bellows

    A bellows or pair of bellows is a device constructed to furnish a strong blast of air. The simplest type consists essentially of a flexible bag comprising a pair of rigid boards with handles joined by flexible leather sides enclosing an approximately airtight cavity which can be expanded and contracted by operating the handles, and fitted with a valve allowing air to fill the cavity when expanded, and with a tube through which the air is forced out in a stream when the cavity is compressed. It has many applications, in particular blowing on a fire to supply it with air. The term "bellows" is used by extension for a flexible bag whose volume can be changed by compression or expansion, but not used to deliver air. For example, the light-tight bag allowing the distance between the lens and film of a folding photographic camera to be varied is called a bellows.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bellows

    bel′lōz, or bel′lus, n.pl. an instrument for producing a current of air so as to blow up a fire, either in a kitchen, a furnace, or a forge—or for producing the current of air by which the pipes and reeds of an organ are sounded: (fig.) that which fans the fire of hatred, jealousy, &c.: the lungs. [Same as Belly (q.v.); now used only in pl., the sing. not having survived the 15th century.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bellows

    An old hand at the bellows. A colloquialism for a man up to his duty. "A fresh hand at the bellows" is said when a gale increases.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BELLOWS

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bellows is ranked #9080 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bellows surname appeared 3,601 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Bellows.

    90.2% or 3,249 total occurrences were White.
    5% or 180 total occurrences were Black.
    2.3% or 84 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.5% or 56 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.5% or 20 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.3% or 12 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bellows in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bellows in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of bellows in a Sentence

  1. The Hitopadesa:

    The man who neither gives in charity nor enjoys his wealth, which every day increases, breathes, indeed, like the bellows of a smith, but cannot be said to live.

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