Main definitions of bel in English

: bel1Bel2

bel1

noun

  • A unit used in the comparison of power levels in electrical communication or of intensities of sound, corresponding to an intensity ratio of 10 to 1.

    See also decibel
    • ‘As for the acoustic characteristics of the drive it generates 2.4 bels of noise in the idle mode.’
    • ‘Select a heat pump with an outdoor sound rating of 7.6 bels or lower.’
    • ‘The drives are rated at under 2.5 bels of acoustic power, the same level of acoustic noise produced by Seagate's PC drives.’
    • ‘The present invention is a computer chassis assembly that can adequately cool an electronic system which generates 450 watts of heat, without emitting cooling fan noise above 5 bels of sound power.’
    • ‘They are also exceptionally quiet, emitting just 2.1 bels of noise at idle.’

Origin

1920s: from the name of A. G. Bell (see Bell, Alexander Graham).

Pronunciation

bel

/bɛl/

Main definitions of bel in English

: bel1Bel2

Bel2

proper noun

  • another name for Baal

Pronunciation

Bel

/bɛl/