- A device for delivering pressurized air in a controlled quantity to a controlled location. At its most simple terms a bellows is a container which is deformable in such a way as to alter its volume which has an outlet or outlets where one wishes to blow air.
- Any flexible container or enclosure, as one used to cover a moving joint.
- (informal or archaic) The lungs.
- (photography) Flexible, light-tight enclosures connecting the lensboard and the camera back.
- (figurative) That which fans the fire of hatred, jealousy, etc.
- When wood fires were common, so were bellows for helping start them.
- That concertina was a wonder in its way. The handles that was on it first was wore out long ago, and he’d made new ones of braided rope yarn. And the bellows was patched in more places than a cranberry picker’s overalls.
- (intransitive, transitive) To operate a bellows; to direct air at (something) using a bellows.
- (intransitive, figurative) To expand and contract like a bellows.
- (transitive) To fold up like a bellows; to accordion.
- […] I was recommended to the place as a man who could give another man as good as he brought, and I took it. It’s easier than bellowsing and hammering.
- So bellowsed, all the kindled soul of Hugh
- And through his veins regenerating fire
- Ran, driving out the lethargy of pain.
- The smiths of the heavens are mending the weather;
- Their hammers are beating the fragments together.
- The cumulus mountains with nebulous gorges
- Are dazzled with flame of the wind-bellowsed forges;
- He almost let the cigar go out. ‘Good God, no. We’re both exiles, aren’t we?’ He bellowsed the end red again and continued, delicate as a musician, his scoring.
- This is a capricious devil, the furnace, though I say it myself, and it wants regular bellowsing.
- […] [the dogs] sprang up, and, with a grand spraying of the crisp snow as they fleetly clambered up the steep side, they were with us in an incredibly short time, with pink tongues protruding, sides bellowsing, and sterns wagging.
- The pony still lay on his side and the wound in his throat bellowsed in and out.
- A sick-looking dog sat in the middle of the road, head down, sides bellowsing, white foam dripping from its muzzle to the heat-shimmering pavement.
- The old man laughed without making a sound. His chest bellowsed and he opened his mouth to display a horseshoe of gold molars.
- Without being tight […] the boot leg should fit close. The ankle should be supple as a stocking, and “bellowsed" to make sure of suppleness.
- […] the chairman of the gathered scholars […] [shushed] the black waiters preparing to feed us a hefty lunch behind the bellowsed dividing wall with the impatient yell, “You’re disturbing our meeting," while we discussed their plight on our side of the wall.
- [The bus] rolled swiftly down the hill and bellowsed five parked cars […]
- (physiology) A membranous envelope.
- (botany) A type of simple, dehiscent, dry fruit (seed-case) produced by many species of flowering plants, such as poppy, lily, orchid, willow and cotton.
- (botany) A sporangium, especially in bryophytes.
- (anatomy) A tough, fibrous layer surrounding an organ such as the kidney or liver
- (anatomy) A membrane that surrounds the eyeball
- (astronautics) A detachable part of a rocket or spacecraft (usually in the nose) containing the crew’s living space.
- (pharmacy) A small container containing a dose of medicine.
- (attributively, figurative) in a brief, condensed or compact form
- (winemaking) The covering — formerly lead or tin, now often plastic — over the cork at the top of the wine bottle.
- (chemistry, dated) A small clay saucer for roasting or melting samples of ores, etc.; a scorifier.
- A small, shallow evaporating dish, usually of porcelain.
- A small cup or shell, often of metal, for a percussion cap, cartridge, etc.
- The epidermal cells of the capsule wall of Jubulopsis, with nodose “trigones” at the angles, are very reminiscent of what one finds in Frullania spp.
- If this capsule history of our progress teaches us anything, it is that man, in his quest for knowledge and progress, is determined and cannot be deterred.
- (transitive) To form (medicine, etc.) into capsules.
- (transitive) To encapsulate or summarize.