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bel

  

      n   a unit for comparing two power levels, equal to the logarithm to the base ten of the ratio of the two powers.,   (Symbols)    B, b      See also       decibel  
     (C20: named after A. G. Bell)  


Bel  
      n   (in Babylonian and Assyrian mythology) the god of the earth  
bel canto  
      n     (Music)  
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)  
Bel Paese  
      n   a mild creamy Italian cheese  
     (C20: from Italian, literally: beautiful country)  
Sidi-bel-Abbès     (French)  
      n   a city in NW Algeria: headquarters of the Foreign Legion until Algerian independence (1962). Pop.: 152778 (1987)  
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