ship's bell

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Noun1.ship's bell - (nautical) each of the eight half-hour units of nautical time signaled by strokes of a ship's bellship's bell - (nautical) each of the eight half-hour units of nautical time signaled by strokes of a ship's bell; eight bells signals 4:00, 8:00, or 12:00 o'clock, either a.m. or p.m.
sailing, seafaring, navigation - the work of a sailor
time unit, unit of time - a unit for measuring time periods
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The ship's bell was ringing for us; a guitar in the background burlesqued the Wedding March under skinny fingers; the air was poisoned by a million cigarettes, they raised a pall of smoke above the mastheads, they set fire to the ship; smoke and flame covered the sea from rim to rim, smoke and flame filled the universe; the sea dried up, and I was left lying in its bed, lying in my coffin, with red-hot teeth, because the sun blazed right above them, and my withered lips were drawn back from them for ever.
They wallowed along in an eerie silence, the ship's bells sounding oddly muffled, all her lights burning.
Mr Utley said he opposed the notion of any Titanic souvenirs even the idea of miniature ship's bells which could have earned his company a fortune.