from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n.pl. An apparatus for producing a strong current of air, as for sounding a pipe organ or increasing the draft to a fire, consisting of a flexible, valved air chamber that is contracted and expanded by pumping to force the air through a nozzle.
- n.pl. Something, such as the pleated windbag of an accordion, that resembles this apparatus.
- n.pl. The lungs.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A device for delivering pressurized air in a controlled quantity to a controlled location. At its most simple terms a bellows is a container which is deformable in such a way as to alter its volume which has an outlet or outlets where one wishes to blow air.
- n. Any flexible container or enclosure, as one used to cover a moving joint.
- n. The lungs.
- n. Flexible, light-tight enclosures connecting the lensboard and the camera back.
- n. Plural form of bellow.
- v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of bellow.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- An instrument or machine for producing a current of air: principally used for blowing fire, either in private dwellings or in forges, furnaces, mines, etc.; also used in organs for producing the current of air by which the pipes and reeds are sounded.
- In photography, that part of a camera which connects the front and back portions and is capable of being extended or closed as desired.
- In organ-building, the extensive apparatus by which air is supplied and compressed for the sounding of the pipes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a mechanical device that blows a strong current of air; used to make a fire burn more fiercely or to sound a musical instrument
Middle English belowes, from Old English belgas, pl. of belg.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English belwes, plural of belu, belw, a northern form of beli, from Old English belg (Wiktionary)
See bellow (Wiktionary)