from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having bells (especially around the neck of an animal)
  • v. Simple past tense and past participle of bell.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Hung with a bell or bells.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Hung with bells; in heraldry, having hawk-bells attached: said of a hawk when used as a bearing.


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  • He had "belled" in vain for several days, searched in vain the limits of his wonted range, and at last set out in quest of some little herd whose leader his superior strength might beat down and supplant.

    The Watchers of the Trails A Book of Animal Life

  • Sniffing at them curiously, and not finding their scent to his taste, he lifted his slim muzzle, and "belled" sonorously several times, pausing between the calls to listen for an answer from the forest.

    The Watchers of the Trails A Book of Animal Life

  • From here the newly weds were "belled" or taken outside and put in the back of an old truck filled with straw and driven all the way to Greenville and back passing through Ithaca and Arcanum on the way-with car and truck horns blaring loudly, tin cans dragging behind with sparks flying, and people yelling-it was a wonder the hay never caught on fire.

    Brookville Daily Photo

  • I was changing out of my Flora costume and into my new taffy-pink gown with the soft belled sleeves, ruinously expensive but so pretty, when they sauntered through the door, taking no notice of the other players in varying states of undress.

    Exit the Actress

  • Well, since they are calling for his impeachment I would argue that they ARE in fact alleging that he commited high crimes and/or misdemeanors: li ⋅ bel    /ˈlaɪbəl/Show Spelled Pronunciation [lahy-buhl] Show IPA noun, verb, - beled, - bel ⋅ ing or (especially British) - belled, - bel ⋅ ling.

    Think Progress » ‘Impeach Obama’ billboard ‘not meant to allege any impeachable offense.’

  • But also "belled" will be Congress which must compromise on cuts, or be killed by 41 million seniors when Medicare gets cut and by the military-industrial complex and millions of veterans when defense is chopped.

    Diane Francis: Did Obama Bell the Cat?

  • Mister President Cool may have belled the cat by insisting on an automatic trigger to slash spending in two sacred cows -- Medicare and defense equally -- if $1.5 billion worth of deficit cuts aren't made by Congress in November.

    Diane Francis: Did Obama Bell the Cat?

  • The "cat" that's been belled is the unaffordable cost of the military, which will be pruned because Congress won't agree voluntarily on cuts by Christmas.

    Diane Francis: Did Obama Bell the Cat?

  • She was standing with Chloë Sevigny, who had on a bright turquoise Proenza dress with a short belled skirt.

    Pink is the New Blog | Everybody's Business Is My Business » Blog Archive » The 2010 Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala

  • Long and belled, with the scalloped edges along it that have come to be one of the Peacock King's motifs.

    The Peacock King: Book 1, Chapter 1


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