from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • A city of southern California, a suburb of Los Angeles. Population: 37,300.
  • Bell, Alexander Graham 1847-1922. Scottish-born American inventor of the telephone. The first demonstration of electrical transmission of speech by his apparatus took place in 1876. Bell also invented the audiometer, an early hearing aid, and improved the phonograph.
  • Bell, (Arthur) Clive (Howard) 1881-1964. British critic who proposed his aesthetic theory of significant form in Art (1914).
  • Bell, James Thomas Known as "Cool Papa.” 1903-1991. American baseball player who spent his entire career in the Negro Leagues (1922-1950). Considered by many to be the fastest base runner ever, he reportedly stole 175 bases in 200 games in 1933.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A Scottish and northern English surname for a bell ringer, bellmaker, or from someone who lived "at the Bell (inn)"
  • proper n. The Bell telephone company (after Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor of the telephone.)
  • proper n. A male given name occasionally transferred from the surname.
  • proper n. A female given name, a variant of Belle; mostly used as a middle name in the 19th century.
  • n. a telephone utility; a Baby Bell.


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