|Easton's Bible Dictionary|
The bells first mentioned in Scripture are the small golden bells attached to the hem of the high priest's ephod (Exodus 28:33, 34, 35). The "bells of the horses" mentioned by Zechariah (14:20) were attached to the bridles or belts round the necks of horses trained for war, so as to accustom them to noise and tumult.
Noah Webster's Dictionary
1. (n.) A hollow metallic vessel, usually shaped somewhat like a cup with a flaring mouth, containing a clapper or tongue, and giving forth a ringing sound on being struck.
2. (n.) A hollow perforated sphere of metal containing a loose ball which causes it to sound when moved.
3. (n.) Anything in the form of a bell, as the cup or corol of a flower.
4. (n.) That 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.
5. (n.) The strikes of the bell which mark the time; or the time so designated.
6. (v. t.) To put a bell upon; as, to bell the cat.
7. (v. t.) To make bell-mouthed; as, to bell a tube.
8. (v. i.) To develop bells or corollas; to take the form of a bell; to blossom; as, hops bell.
9. (v. t.) To utter by bellowing.
10. (v. i.) To call or bellow, as the deer in rutting time; to make a bellowing sound; to roar.
Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia
(metsilloth, pa`amon): The former of these terms occurs only once (Zechariah 14:20) where it is thus translated. It is derived from a verb meaning "to tingle" or "dirl" (1 Samuel 3:11), and there is, therefore, no objection etymologically to rendering the noun by "bells." But the little bell attached to the harness of horses would hardly be a suitable place for a fairly long inscription, and as buckles shaped exactly like cymbals (see MUSIC) were used as ornaments for horses, "cymbals" is probably a better rendering.
The other Hebrew word for bell is found only in Exodus 28:33; Exodus 39:25, 26, where "bells of gold" are directed to be attached to the hem of Aaron's official robe, that the people may hear him when he enters and quits the sanctuary. Bells were not employed by the Hebrews to summon the congregation to worship, nor do Mohammedans so use them at the present day. The church bell is a peculiarly Christian institution, said to have been introduced by Bishop Paulinus of Nola in Campania, who lived about the end of the 4th century. Little bells, however, like those attached to the hem of Aaron's robe, frequently form part of the harness of horses, or are fastened to the necks of the he-goats or wethers that lead the flock in eastern lands.
Bell (3 Occurrences)
1 Corinthians 13:1 If I make use of the tongues of men and of angels, and have not love, I am like sounding brass, or a loud-tongued bell. (BBE)
Exodus 28:34 a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, around the hem of the robe. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)
Exodus 39:26 a bell and a pomegranate, a bell and a pomegranate, around the skirts of the robe, to minister in, as Yahweh commanded Moses. (WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)