Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A mouthpiece expanding like a bell.
“Thrice the bell-mouth of his gun described a shivering circle; tightly he squeezed his eyelids -- pressed the trigger.”
“There is a touching proof of Flinders 'tender regard for his men in the naming of a small group of islands to the west of the bell-mouth of”
“The expedition was, in fact, in the bell-mouth of Spencer's Gulf, and the next few days were to show whether the old surmise was true -- that Terra Australis was cloven in twain by a strait from the Gulf of Carpentaria to the southern ocean.”
“The men appeared ready to make a break for liberty, but the bell-mouth of Mons Meg deterred them.”
“I saw a little table in the great mosaic school in Florence -- a little trifle of a centre table -- whose top was made of some sort of precious polished stone, and in the stone was inlaid the figure of a flute, with bell-mouth and a mazy complication of keys.”
“He looked round, twinkling, for a laugh to follow what he meant for a joke; and the obsequious bandsmen uttered a sniggering kind of concreted grin, followed instantly by a loud-toned sonorous _Phoomp_! from the huge bell-mouth of the contra-bass.”
“But, marching with the band, your size would not be noticed, especially as you would be carrying that great brass bass instrument with its huge bell-mouth.”
“The men who did not play stringed instruments, or such as were suitable for a ball-room, looked disappointed; and Sergeant Brumpton, as he sat with his huge instrument between his legs, looked down into its great brass bell-mouth and sighed.”
“The bell-mouth arquebuses could carry a large and heavy charge, but there was nothing like accuracy in their fire; and although a steady fire was kept up from the barricade, and many Spaniards fell; yet a larger number succeeded in making their way through the zone of fire, by taking advantage of the rocks and bushes; and these gathered, near the foot of the barricade.”
“Vanslyperken shoved him away with the bell-mouth of his speaking-trumpet, and recovering a portion of the mess, put it on the table for the use of poor Smallbones.”
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