The Tower Handbook

15 Glossary [note to online version]

Ringing uses many special terms. Some of them are unique to ringing while others are ordinary words given a special meaning. This section of the printed Handbook was a glossary with ~650 entries. It was not exhaustive, but it tried to include most of the words and phrases you might hear used in the tower, especially practical everyday ringing terms. David Struckett's Dictionary of Campanology (1985), which lists some 600 terms about bells, bell history and ringing (as well as a list of bell founders - with dates - and a bibliography of books on bells and ringing) proved a valuable source of inspiration for the original printed version, but with conscious omission of some terms connected with bell history, bell archaeology or bell founding, and a few obsolete terms. In some cases, the definition was simplified. Since putting the glossary online I have extended it to make it more complete (~850 terms) and included more definitions of technical terms.

In 2016 the glossary was developed – moved online  and extended to ~850 entries.

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