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Glossary of ringing terms – E

Last updated on: 05-December-2016

Words or phrases underlined are defined within the glossary. Where it assists with clarity, a definition is annotated to indicate a part of speech. (n) = noun, (vb) = verb, (adj) = adjective, (adv) = adverb. Section references refer to sections within The Tower Handbook.  

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= Eleven, the symbol used to represent 11th, (eg rounds on 12 is 1234567890ET).
Each lead different
Spliced composition in which all working bells do different work for every lead. (NB 3rds place bell Cambridge and 3rds place bell Yorkshire are not different since the work is identical.)
English Heritage
A ring of eight bells.
Eight Spliced
Touches of eight Surprise Major methodsspliced together, normally the standard eight.
Eighth turn
Re-hang a bell that has already been quarter turned rotated through 45° so the clapper strikes mid way between the two pairs of pits worn by it previously on the sound bow.
Eighths place method
A Major method with 8ths place made at the lead end (as opposed to 2nds place).
Ellacombe apparatus
Apparatus fitted to a ring of bells hung for full circle ringing, but enabling one person to ring bells (when they are down) to play tunes in a similar manner to a carillon, but pulling out fixed ropes from a chiming frame.
The last row of a unit, eg lead end, course end,part end.
English Heritage
Charitable organisation that looks after historic buildings, monuments and sites in England. Previously included the function of Historic England, which is now a separate body.
An odd bell principle consisting entirely of 'slow sixes', ie backwards hunting on the front three with double dodging in each pair of positionsabove.
Esso Blues
An ascending run on the back four bells, eg ****8765 on eight bells. Named after a 1960s advertising jingle for Esso Blue paraffin.
Even (row)
A row that can be produced from rounds by an even number of individual pair transpositions.
Even bell method
A method for even numbers of bells. Usually exclusive, as bells for odd numbers have a different construction. However, plain methods are named the same for odd and even versions when extended by adding a hunt bell. Plain Bob is an exception.
Every lead different
See Each lead different
(1) Collective word for the ringing fraternity ('The Exercise'). Originated in the 17th century when young gentry rang bells for exercise.
(2) An obsolete class of treble dodging method.
Expanding extension
Extending a method by repeating a place or set of places in the same position relative to the treble to produce the extra section.
The process of deriving a method, from one at a lower stage (fewer bells) in such a way that the new method can be considered as 'the same method', and therefore use the same name, (eg Cambridge Major is an extension of Cambridge Minor). For simple methods like Plain Bob, extension is obvious, but for more complex methods, the rules necessary to conform with 'common sense' are very complex, and can lead to some non intuitive features.
Extended course
See long course
The maximum number of different rows on any number of bells, and hence the maximum number of changes that can be made without repeating any rows. Mathematically, this number is calculated as the factorial of the number of bells. The factorial of 4 is 1x2x3x4=24, of 5 is 1x2x3x4x5 =120, etc.
Exterior places
Places made at lead or lie.
The addition of a call to a sequence of calls in a composition where there would not otherwise be one.
(1) A third type of call in Grandsire Doubles consisting of a bob with 2nds and 5ths places also made at the lead end change.
(2) Old term for a bell that is affected by calls and does not do the same work in every course, ie an extreme bell is one that is neither the whole hunt (treble), nor a half hunt bell, nor a quarter hunt bell.
Extract the falseness
Analyse a method to identify the false course heads
Eye splice
Splice terminating the end of a piece of rope with a loop. A pair of small eye splices through each other allows bell ropes to be fitted with easily replaceable tail ends.
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