The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Ten decibels.
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- n. A measure of relative power, defined as log10(P 1/P 2), where P1 and P2 are the measured and reference power respectively. See also decibel.
the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The Babylonian name of the god known among the Hebrews as Baal. See Baal.
- n. A thorny rutaceous tree (Ægle marmelos) of India, and its aromatic, orange-like fruit; -- called also Bengal quince, golden apple, wood apple. The fruit is used medicinally, and the rind yields a perfume and a yellow dye.
- n. a unit of sound intensity equal to ten decibels.
The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Fair; fine; beautiful.
- [Lit. fair, good, as in beausire, fair sir, beaupere, good father, used in F. and ME. to indicate indirect or adopted secondary relationship; so in mod. F. beau- as a formative in relation-names, ‘step-’, ‘-in-law’; ME. bel-, ‘grand-’, as in beldame, grandmother, belsire, grandfather, also with purely E. names, belmoder, belfader, and later belchild. Cf. Sc. and North. E. goodmother, goodfather, etc., mother-in-law, father-in-law, etc.] Grand-: a formative in relation-names, as belsire, grandfather, beldam, grandmother, etc. See etymology.
- n. Same as Belus.
- n. The East Indian name of the Bengal quince-tree, Ægle Marmelos. See Ægle, 1.
- n. A simplified spelling of bell.
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- n. Babylonian god of the earth; one of the supreme triad including Anu and Ea; earlier identified with En-lil
- n. a logarithmic unit of sound intensity equal to 10 decibels
" I called the bel air police department and they said it was a meteor "