Definitions

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

  • n. A bell, chime, or buzzer outside a door that is rung to announce the presence of a visitor or caller.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A device on or adjacent to an outer door for announcing one's presence. It can be mechanical, directly sounding a bell, or a button that electrically sounds a chime or buzzer inside the building.
  • n. A button that actives an electric doorbell.
  • v. To ring many doorbells in an effort to contact people and thereby spread information or solicit.
  • v. To ring many doorbells of (target people or an area) in an effort to contact people and thereby spread information or solicit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a bell or other sounding device, actuated by a push button at an outer door; the push button activating the bell; alos, the ringing of such a bell.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bell at a door, or connected with a handle or knob exposed outside a door, for the purpose of giving notice when one desires admittance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a push button at an outer door that gives a ringing or buzzing signal when pushed

Etymologies

door +‎ bell (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • And since we're on the second floor and our doorbell is broken, he announced his arrival by hurling a snowball at the window.

    "Not much chance for survival if the Neon Bible is true."

  • When the sun goes down, we'll close the curtains, extinguish all the lights, make sure the doorbell is unplugged, and hide in the back room with the stereo on loud enough so that we don't hear their begging.

    Bah Humboo!

  • And there was the red flashing light'the "doorbell" -above the entryway, flashing in her clear view.

    A Maiden's Grave

  • Above the doorbell was a plaque etched in cursive letters.

    Under a Maui Moon

  • You know, there is this brand-new technology you might have heard of called a doorbell.

    What Would Emma Do?

  • They had learned already that the doorbell was a fake.

    Unpretty

  • The ringing of our doorbell was a happy distraction.

    Fleur De Leigh’s Life of Crime

  • The porch swing hung at an angle on rusted chains, and the doorbell was the kind you twisted with a handle.

    Neon Rain

  • The doorbell was a flurry of flutes with an echo of panpipes.

    The Time of the Transference

  • After calling the doorbell man back to her home to reposition the bell in a more discreet location, my stepmother discovered how much thought and care had gone into his plan.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

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