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bel·lows

 (bĕl′ōz, -əz)
pl.n. (used with a sing. or pl. verb)
1.
a. 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.
b. Something, such as the pleated windbag of an accordion, that resembles this apparatus.
2. The lungs.

[Middle English belowes, from Old English belgas, pl. of belg; see bhelgh- in Indo-European roots.]

bellows

(ˈbɛləʊz)
n (functioning as singular or plural)
1. (Mechanical Engineering) Also called: pair of bellows an instrument consisting of an air chamber with flexible sides or end, a means of compressing it, an inlet valve, and a constricted outlet that is used to create a stream of air, as for producing a draught for a fire or for sounding organ pipes
2. (Photography) photog a telescopic light-tight sleeve, connecting the lens system of some cameras to the body of the instrument
3. (Mechanical Engineering) a flexible corrugated element used as an expansion joint, pump, or means of transmitting axial motion
[C16: from plural of Old English belig belly]

bel•lows

(ˈbɛl oʊz, -əz)

n. (used with a sing. or pl. v.)
1. a device for producing a strong current of air, consisting of a chamber that can be expanded to draw in air through a valve and contracted to expel it through a tube.
2. something resembling a bellows in form, as the collapsible part of some cameras.
3. the lungs.
[before 900; Middle English bel(o)wes (pl.), Old English belga, short for blǣst belg literally, blowing bag]

Bel•lows

(ˈbɛl oʊz)

n.
George Wesley, 1882–1925, U.S. painter.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bellows - a mechanical device that blows a strong current of airbellows - a mechanical device that blows a strong current of air; used to make a fire burn more fiercely or to sound a musical instrument
blower - a device that produces a current of air
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
Translations
blaasbalk
مُنْفاخ كير الحَدّاد
měchměchy
blæsebælg
paljepalkeet
fújtató
físibelgur
dumplės
plēšas
mech

bellows

[ˈbeləʊz] NPLfuelle msing
a pair of bellowsun fuelle

bellows

[ˈbɛləʊz] npl (for fire, in forge)soufflet mbell pepper n (mainly US)poivron mbell push n (British)bouton m de sonnettebell ringer nsonneur m de cloche

bellows

plBlasebalg m; a pair of bellowsein Blasebalg

bellows

[ˈbɛləʊz] npl (of forge, organ) → mantice m; (for fire) → soffietto

bellows

(ˈbeləuz) noun plural
an instrument for making a current of air.
References in classic literature ?
She found him busy with his bellows, sweating and hard at work, for he was making twenty tripods that were to stand by the wall of his house, and he set wheels of gold under them all that they might go of their own selves to the assemblies of the gods, and come back again--marvels indeed to see.
Brother Bellows was on his way to make his bow to the bosom, and could only tell them in passing that he had heard it stated, with great appearance of truth, as being worth, from first to last, half-a-million of money.
He held a pair of bellows upon his knee, with which he had apparently been endeavouring to rouse it into more cheerful action; but he had fallen into deep thought; and with his arms folded on them, and his chin resting on his thumbs, fixed his eyes, abstractedly, on the rusty bars.
But when the disease was more stubborn and violent, he let in the muzzle while the bellows were full of wind, which he discharged into the body of the patient; then withdrew the instrument to replenish it, clapping his thumb strongly against the orifice of then fundament; and this being repeated three or four times, the adventitious wind would rush out, bringing the noxious along with it, (like water put into a pump), and the patient recovered.
The blows of the basement hammer every day grew more and more between; and each blow every day grew fainter than the last; the wife sat frozen at the window, with tearless eyes, glitteringly gazing into the weeping faces of her children; the bellows fell; the forge choked up with cinders; the house was sold; the mother dived down into the long church-yard grass; her children twice followed her thither; and the houseless, familyless old man staggered off a vagabond in crape; his every woe unreverenced; his grey head a scorn to flaxen curls
Often after dark, when I was pulling the bellows for Joe, and we were singing Old Clem, and when the thought how we used to sing it at Miss Havisham's would seem to show me Estella's face in the fire, with her pretty hair fluttering in the wind and her eyes scorning me, - often at such a time I would look towards those panels of black night in the wall which the wooden windows then were, and would fancy that I saw her just drawing her face away, and would believe that she had come at last.
Newman had caught up, by the rusty nozzle, an old pair of bellows, which were just undergoing a flourish in the air preparatory to a descent upon the head of Mr Squeers, when Frank, with an earnest gesture, stayed his arm, and, taking another step in advance, came so close behind the schoolmaster that, by leaning slightly forward, he could plainly distinguish the writing which he held up to his eye.
By the time Paul and the trapper saw fit to terminate the fresh bursts of merriment, which the continued abstraction of their learned companion did not fail to excite, he commenced breathing again, as if the suspended action of his lungs had been renewed by the application of a pair of artificial bellows, and was heard to make use of the ever afterwards proscribed term, on that solitary occasion, to which we have just alluded.
Instantly the brute sprang to his feet with a bellow of pain and rage, and at the same instant Tarzan rushed in upon his left side with the stone knife, striking repeatedly behind the shoulder.
The beast began to roar and bellow, till all the birds of the wood flew away for fright; but the horse let him sing on, and made his way quietly over the fields to his master's house.
Without waiting for an answer from Philip the big man burst into a great bellow of laughter.
As they halted thus the lieutenant again be- gan to bellow profanely.