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Ba·bel

 (bā′bəl, băb′əl)
In the Bible, a city (now thought to be Babylon) in Shinar where God confounded a presumptuous attempt to build a tower into heaven by confusing the language of its builders into many mutually incomprehensible languages.

ba·bel

also Ba·bel  (băb′əl, bā′bəl)
n.
1. A confusion of sounds or voices: passengers chattering in a babel of tongues at the international airport.
2. A scene or situation of confusion: "a babel of commemorative ceremonies, statues, and tombs sponsored by competing cults of martyred revolutionaries" (Thomas L. Benjamin).

[After Babel.]

Babel

(ˈbeɪbəl)
n
1. (Bible) Old Testament
a. Also called: Tower of Babel a tower presumptuously intended to reach from earth to heaven, the building of which was frustrated when Jehovah confused the language of the builders (Genesis 11:1–9)
b. the city, probably Babylon, in which this tower was supposedly built
2. (often not capital)
a. a confusion of noises or voices
b. a scene of noise and confusion
[from Hebrew Bābhél, from Akkadian Bāb-ilu, literally: gate of God]

Babel

(Russian ˈbabɪl)
n
(Biography) Issak Emmanuilovich (iˈsak imənuˈiləvitʃ) 1894–1941, Russian short-story writer, whose works include Stories from Odessa (1924) and Red Cavalry (1926)

Ba•bel

(ˈbeɪ bəl, ˈbæb əl)

n.
1. an ancient city in Shinar where people began building a tower (Tower of Babel) intended to reach heaven but were forced to abandon their work upon the confusion of their languages by God. Gen. 11:4–9.
2. (usu. l.c.) a confused mixture of sounds or voices.
3. (usu. l.c.) a scene of noise and confusion.
[< Hebrew Bābhel Babylon]
Ba•bel′ic (-ˈbɛl ɪk) adj.

Ba•bel

(ˈbæb əl)

n.
Isaak Emmanuilovich, 1894–1941, Russian author.

Babel

 a confused mixture of sounds, voices, or languages; a confused assembly. See also charivari, hubbub, pandemonium.
Examples: babel of follies, 1529; of past idle objurgations, 1884; of sectaries, 1731; babel towers of chimney, 1848.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.babel - (Genesis 11:1-11) a tower built by Noah's descendants (probably in Babylon) who intended it to reach up to heavenBabel - (Genesis 11:1-11) a tower built by Noah's descendants (probably in Babylon) who intended it to reach up to heaven; God foiled them by confusing their language so they could no longer understand one another
Book of Genesis, Genesis - the first book of the Old Testament: tells of Creation; Adam and Eve; the Fall of Man; Cain and Abel; Noah and the flood; God's covenant with Abraham; Abraham and Isaac; Jacob and Esau; Joseph and his brothers
Babylon - the chief city of ancient Mesopotamia and capital of the ancient kingdom of Babylonia
2.babel - a confusion of voices and other soundsbabel - a confusion of voices and other sounds
confusion - an act causing a disorderly combination of elements with identities lost and distinctions blended; "the confusion of tongues at the Tower of Babel"

babel

noun
Sounds or a sound, especially when loud, confused, or disagreeable:
Translations

babel

[ˈbeɪbəl] Nbabel m or f
Tower of BabelTorre f de Babel

babel

[ˈbeɪbəl] n (= babble, hubbub) → brouhaha m
a babel of noise → un brouhaha confus

Babel

n
the Tower of Babel (story) → der Turmbau zu Babel or Babylon; (edifice) → der Babylonische Turm
(also babel) (= confusion)Durcheinander nt; (= several languages)babylonisches Sprachengewirr

Babel

[ˈbeɪbəl] nBabele f
the Tower of Babel → la torre di Babele
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Its New Testament counterpart is the story of Pentecost, found in Acts 2, the inauguration at last of God's promised reversal of the Babel effect.
With time, these variations multiply and spawn a tower of Babel effect in which physicians are presented with an ever-increasing selection of terminology that not all of them understand.