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- n. Alternative spelling of bell ringer.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a person who rings church bells (as for summoning the congregation).
- n. someone who plays musical handbells.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One whose business is to ring a bell, especially a church-bell or one of a chime of bells; also, a performer with musical hand-bells.
- n. An automatic device upon a locomotive for ringing the bell.
- n. Mechanism for ringing chimes by hand, by means of lever-handles which are connected by wires with the clappers or the axes of the bells, or by water-power, compressed air, or steam operating in various ways to accomplish the same object.
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It's a novel of biting social commentary, though set far in the past (1483); the innocent Esmeralda is exploited, persecuted and condemned by the ruling classes, her only defenders the unreliable denizens of the underworld and a disabled bell-ringer.
As you can tell by the ongoing sluggishness of the economy, it has hardly been a bell-ringer.
Quasimodo is the bell-ringer and swings down on a rope from the towers of the Cathedral to rescue the Gypsy girl Esmerelda from the gallows.
The arrest report says one of the first chips surfaced after a Salvation Army bell-ringer tried to cash it in.
It is also remembered for Chaney's singular performance and spectacular make-up as the tortured bell-ringer.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame tells the story of Quasimodo, a deformed, deaf and half-blind bell-ringer who lives in the famous Parisian cathedral.
A U.K. archivist has uncovered clues that may prove Quasimodo -- the disfigured bell-ringer hero of Victor Hugo's 1831 classic "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame" -- ...
A U.K. archivist has uncovered clues that may prove Quasimodo -- the disfigured bell-ringer hero of Victor Hugo's 1831 classic "The Hunchback of Notre-Dame" -- really did exist.
Recently, as many House members flew back into Washington for the last days of the congressional session, Mr. Pence was still back home, filling in as a Salvation Army bell-ringer outside the Hobby Lobby in Anderson, Ind.
And the full might of the law descends on a bell-ringer.