What does bellows mean?

bellows meaning in General Dictionary

An instrument utensil or device which by alternate development and contraction or by increase and fall regarding the top draws in atmosphere through a valve and expels it through a tube for assorted functions as blowing fires ventilating mines or filling the pipes of an organ with wind

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  • (used in plural) a mechanical device that blows a powerful current of environment; accustomed make a fire burn up more fiercely or even sound a musical tool
  • a guitar, utensil, or machine, which, by alternative expansion and contraction, or by increase and fall associated with the top, draws in environment through a valve and expels it through a pipe for various functions, as blowing fires, ventilating mines, or filling the pipelines of an organ with wind.

bellows meaning in Etymology Dictionary

c.1200, belwes, "a bellows," literally "bags," plural of belu, belw, north form of beli, from belated Old English belg "bag, purse, leathern container" (see belly (n.)). Paid off from bl


bellows meaning in General Dictionary

(n. sing. & pl.) An instrument, utensil, or machine, which, by alternate expansion and contraction, or by increase and fall of the top, draws in air through a valve and expels it through a tube for assorted reasons, as blowing fires, ventilating mines, or completing the pipelines of an organ with wind.


Sentence Examples with the word bellows

These, when reduced to their most simple expression, are mere basin-shaped hollows in the ground, containing ignited charcoal and the substances to be heated, the fire being urged by a blast of air blown in through one or more nozzles from a bellows at or near the top. They are essentially the same as the smith's forge.

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