Meaning of division bell in English:

division bell



  • (in Britain) a bell rung in Parliament to announce an imminent division.

    ‘But it is now being increasingly overshadowed by The Cinnamon Club which can make all the difference when the division bell rings.’
    • ‘Votes, which are normally sounded by the division bell, would be declared instead by ‘door keepers and police shouting and in the mansion by two gongs being sounded’.’
    • ‘They emerge, of course, when the division bell rings.’
    • ‘Corridors and tunnels (the main one under Bridge Street) allow MPs to get from their rooms to the great space in time to vote when the division bell rings.’
    • ‘Later that morning, as the division bells were being rung, we all knew why the evening had ended on such a note.’