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ˈbɛl oʊz, -əzbel·lows

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. bellows(noun)

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

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


  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.

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  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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