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- 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.
- Third person singular simple present form of to bellow.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
BELLOWS. The lungs.
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)
Bel"lows (&?;), n. sing. & pl. [OE.
bely, below, belly, bellows, AS. bælg,
bælig, bag, bellows, belly. Bellows is prop. a pl. and the
orig. sense is bag. See Belly.] An instrument, utensil, or
machine, which, by alternate expansion and contraction, or by rise and fall
of the top, draws in air through a valve and expels it through a tube for
various purposes, as blowing fires, ventilating mines, or filling the pipes
of an organ with wind.
Bellows camera, in photography, a form of camera,
which can be drawn out like an accordion or bellows. --
Hydrostatic bellows. See Hydrostatic. --
A pair of bellows, the ordinary household instrument
for blowing fires, consisting of two nearly heart-shaped boards with
handles, connected by leather, and having a valve and tube.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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