Bell vs Table - What's the difference?

bell | table |

As an adjective bell

is beautiful.

As a verb table is


Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(wikipedia bell)

Etymology 1

From (etyl) (m), from (etyl) .


(en noun)
  • A percussive instrument made of metal or other hard material, typically but not always in the shape of an inverted cup with a flared rim, which resonates when struck.
  • * 1848 , Edgar Allan Poe, "(The Bells)"
  • HEAR the sledges with the bells
    Silver bells !
    What a world of merriment their melody foretells!
  • The sounding of a bell as a signal.
  • * {{quote-news, year=2011
  • , date=December 18 , author=Ben Dirs , title=Carl Froch outclassed by dazzling Andre Ward , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Referee Steve Smoger was an almost invisible presence in the ring as both men went at it, although he did have a word with Froch when he landed with a shot after the bell at the end of the eighth.}}
  • (chiefly, British, informal) A telephone call.
  • I’ll give you a bell later.
  • A signal at a school that tells the students when a class is starting or ending.
  • (music) The flared end of a brass or woodwind instrument.
  • (nautical) Any of a series of strokes on a bell (or similar), struck every half hour to indicate the time (within a four hour watch)
  • The flared end of a pipe, designed to mate with a narrow spigot.
  • (computing) A device control code that produces a beep (or rings a small electromechanical bell on older teleprinters etc.).
  • Anything shaped like a bell, such as the cup or corolla of a flower.
  • * Shakespeare
  • In a cowslip's bell I lie.
  • (architecture) The part of the capital of a column included between the abacus and neck molding; also used for the naked core of nearly cylindrical shape, assumed to exist within the leafage of a capital.
  • Derived terms
    * * bell curve * bellbottoms * bellflower * bell-ringer * bell tower * * bicycle bell * bluebell * church bell * doorbell * handbell * harebell * ring someone's bell * saved by the bell * sound as a bell * with bells on
    See also
    * alarm * buzz * buzzer * carillon * chime * clapper * curfew * dinger * ding-dong * gong * peal * ringer * siren * tintinnabulum * tocsin * toll * vesper


    (en verb)
  • To attach a bell to.
  • Who will bell the cat?
  • To shape so that it flares out like a bell.
  • to bell a tube
  • (slang) To telephone.
  • * 2006 , Dominic Lavin, Last Seen in Bangkok
  • "Vinny, you tosser, it's Keith. I thought you were back today. I'm in town. Bell us on the mobile.''
  • To develop bells or corollas; to take the form of a bell; to blossom.
  • Hops bell .

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) (m). Cognate with (etyl) .


    (en verb)
  • To bellow or roar.
  • * 1774 , Oliver Goldsmith, A History of the Earth, and Animated Nature :
  • This animal is said to harbour'' in the place where he resides. When he cries, he is said to ''bell'' ; the print of his hoof is called the ''slot''; his tail is called the ''single''; his excrement the ''fumet''; his horns are called his ''head [...].
  • * (rfdate) Rudyard Kipling
  • As the dawn was breaking the Sambhur belled / Once, twice and again!
  • * 1955 , William Golding, The Inheritors , Faber and Faber 2005, page 128:
  • Then, incredibly, a rutting stag belled by the trunks.


    (en noun)
  • The bellow or bay of certain animals, such as a hound on the hunt or a stag in rut.
  • table


    (wikipedia table)


    (en noun)
  • Furniture with a top surface to accommodate a variety of uses.
  • # An item of furniture with a flat top surface raised above the ground, usually on one or more legs.
  • #* , chapter=6
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=He had one hand on the bounce bottle—and he'd never let go of that since he got back to the table —but he had a handkerchief in the other and was swabbing his deadlights with it.}}
  • #* {{quote-book, year=1963, author=(Margery Allingham), chapter=Foreword
  • , title= The China Governess , passage=A very neat old woman, still in her good outdoor coat and best beehive hat, was sitting at a polished mahogany table on whose surface there were several scored scratches so deep that a triangular piece of the veneer had come cleanly away, […].}}
  • # A flat tray which can be used as a table.
  • # (poker, metonym)  The lineup of players at a given table.
  • # A group of people at a table, for example for a meal or game.
  • #*
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=8 , passage=The humor of my proposition appealed more strongly to Miss Trevor than I had looked for, and from that time forward she became her old self again;
  • # A service of Holy Communion.
  • A two-dimensional presentation of data.
  • # A matrix or grid of data arranged in rows and columns.
  • #* 1997 , Chris Horrocks, Introducing Foucault , page 69 (Totem Books, Icon Books; ISBN 1840460865)
  • I’m using mathesis — a universal science of measurement and order …
    And there is also taxinomia a principle of classification and ordered tabulation.
    Knowledge replaced universal resemblance with finite differences. History was arrested and turned into tables
    Western reason had entered the age of judgement.
  • # A collection of arithmetic calculations arranged in a table, such as multiplications in a multiplication table.
  • # (computing)  A lookup table, most often a set of vectors.
  • # (sports)  A visual representation of a classification of teams or individuals based on their success over a predetermined period.
  • #* {{quote-news, year=2011, date=April 10, author=Alistair Magowan, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Aston Villa 1-0 Newcastle , passage=On this evidence they will certainly face tougher tests, as a depleted Newcastle side seemed to bask in the relative security of being ninth in the table .}}
  • (musical instruments)  The top of a stringed instrument, particularly a member of the violin family: the side of the instrument against which the strings vibrate.
  • (backgammon)  One half of a backgammon board, which is divided into the inner and outer table.
  • Synonyms

    * (computing) grid, vector


    * (furniture) furniture * (computing) array


    * (computing) hashtable

    Derived terms

    {{der3, billiard table , bring to the table , Cayley table , coffee table , data table , dining table , dinner table , division table , dressing table , drop-leaf table , drink under the table , end table , examining table , file allocation table , function table , hash table , league table , log table , lookup table , multiplication table , off the table , periodic table , pier table , pool table , pound the table , put one's cards on the table , rainbow table , round table , shake table , tablecloth/table cloth , , table dancer , table decoration , table football , table-hop , table lamp , table linen , table manners , table mountain , table of contents , table salt , table saw , table stakes , table talk , table tennis , table wine , tablespoon , tabletop , tableward , tableware , talk someone under the table , tea table , tide table , timetable/time table/time-table , toilet table , tray-table , truth table , turn the tables , under the table , vanity table , wait tables , water table , occasional table}} (table)

    Coordinate terms

    * (furniture) chair


  • To put on a table.
  • (Carlyle)
  • (British, Canada) To propose for discussion (from to put on the table ).
  • The legislature tabled the amendment, so they will start discussing it now.
  • (US) To hold back to a later time; to postpone.
  • The legislature tabled the amendment, so they will not be discussing it until later.
    The motion was tabled, ensuring that it would not be taken up until a later date.
  • To tabulate; to put into a table.
  • to table fines
  • To delineate, as on a table; to represent, as in a picture.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • tabled and pictured in the chambers of meditation
  • To supply with food; to feed.
  • (Milton)
  • (carpentry) To insert, as one piece of timber into another, by alternate scores or projections from the middle, to prevent slipping; to scarf.
  • To enter upon the docket.
  • to table charges against someone
  • (nautical) To make board hems in the skirts and bottoms of (sails) in order to strengthen them in the part attached to the bolt-rope.
  • See also

    * tabula rasa