Meaning of Bell

The etymological origin of bell is linked to the Italian region of Campania, where this object was used for the first time. A bell is an inverted cup-shaped instrument that rings when struck. This is a percussion instrument that emits a single note.

For example: “The church bell is damaged”, “The sound of a bell was heard and, minutes later, most of the villagers were gathered in the main square”, “The man came out the door and rang a bell to call their animals ”.

There are different types of bells. Some are very small and are used as accessories in suits or clothing. Others can weigh several tons and be installed in temples or other types of buildings.

The use of the hoods is also very diverse. They are usually used to make calls or summons (indicating the time of mass and summoning the faithful, giving the time, etc.) and to commemorate important events.

The notion of bell is used, on the other hand, to name the object that has a shape similar to this instrument (that is, its lower part is wider and more open). That is why there is a household appliance called an extractor hood, whose function is to eliminate smoke and grease suspended in the air. The extractor hood is installed above the stove or stove and has an extractor fan and filter.

Likewise, there are also so-called bell-bottoms. As their name indicates, they are those that are identified by the fact that their bottoms are presented with that shape, hence we can say that they are wider in that part than in the rest of the leg, even covering the whole foot.

The comfort they offer as well as the power to hide both very thin and very thick legs is what is achieved with these garments, which achieved their greatest success in the 70’s. It should also be noted that they were created by the designer British Mary Quant, for both men and women.

Furthermore, we must not forget that there are various expressions in our colloquial language that make use of the term bell. Thus, for example, there is the verb phrase “throw the bells flying”, which is used to refer to something being celebrated with great joy and jubilation.

In the same way, there is also the phrase “ring the bells”. This has a marked religious sense since it is based on the fact that churches play those instruments when a funeral is going to be held. Hence, when this expression is used, what is being said is that a person has died.

To these two expressions we should add a third also widely used in the colloquial sphere: “hear bells”. This is used when it means that you are having knowledge of certain non-public events from certain rumors or through some sources.

In Argentina, the person who remains outside the scene of a robbery is known as a bell with the aim of alerting his accomplices to the arrival of the police: “We believe that there was someone acting as a bell outside the building.


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