noun Date: 1807 a bell or set of chimes to be rung usually by a push button at an outer door

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  • doorbell — n. a bell or other sounding device, actuated by a push button at an outer door; the push button activating the bell; alos, the ringing of such a bell; as, I was in the shower and didn t hear the doorbell. Syn: bell, buzzer. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • doorbell — c.1815, from DOOR (Cf. door) + BELL (Cf. bell) …   Etymology dictionary

  • doorbell — [n] chime buzzer, door knocker, ringer; concepts 74,284,529,685 …   New thesaurus

  • doorbell — ► NOUN ▪ a bell in a building which can be rung by visitors outside …   English terms dictionary

  • doorbell — [dôr′bel΄] n. a mechanism, now usually activated by a push button at the entrance of a building or room, that rings, buzzes, etc. to alert the occupants of a visitor …   English World dictionary

  • Doorbell — This article is about auditory signals for doorways. For the type of computer interrupt, see Interrupt#Doorbell. Antique shop doorbell …   Wikipedia

  • doorbell — noun VERB + DOORBELL ▪ press, ring ▪ answer ▪ He refused to answer the doorbell. ▪ hear DOORBELL + VERB ▪ …   Collocations dictionary

  • doorbell — n. to ring a doorbell * * * to ring a doorbell …   Combinatory dictionary

  • doorbell — UK [ˈdɔː(r)ˌbel] / US [ˈdɔrˌbel] noun [countable] Word forms doorbell : singular doorbell plural doorbells a button near the front door of a house that you press to make a sound to tell the person in the house that you are there …   English dictionary

  • doorbell — 1. noun a) A device on or adjacent to an outer door for announcing ones presence. It can be mechanical, directly sounding a bell, or a button that electrically sounds a chime or buzzer inside the building. b) A button that actives an electric… …   Wiktionary

  • doorbell — door|bell [ˈdo:bel US ˈdo:r ] n a button outside a house that makes a sound when you push it so that people inside know you are there ring the doorbell (=push the button) …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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