bel n a unit for comparing two power levels, equal to the logarithm to the base ten of the ratio of the two powers.
B, b See also →
decibel (C20: named after A. G. Bell)
n (in Babylonian and Assyrian mythology) the god of the earth
a a style of singing characterized by beauty of tone rather than dramatic power
b (as modifier)
a bel canto aria
(C19: Italian, literally: beautiful singing)
bel esprit (French)
n pl , beaux esprits a witty or clever person
(literally: fine wit)
n a mild creamy Italian cheese
(C20: from Italian, literally: beautiful country)
n a city in NW Algeria: headquarters of the Foreign Legion until Algerian independence (1962). Pop.: 152778 (1987)
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