Definitions for: Babel


[n] (Genesis 11:1-11) a tower built by Noah's descendants (probably in Babylon) who intended it to reach up to heaven; God foiled them by confusing their language so they could no longer understand one another
[n] a confusion of voices and other sounds



Webster (1913) Definition: Ba"bel, n. [Heb. B[=a]bel, the name of the capital of
Babylonia; in Genesis associated with the idea of
``confusion'']
1. The city and tower in the land of Shinar, where the
confusion of languages took place.

Therefore is the name of it called Babel. --Gen. xi.
9.

2. Hence: A place or scene of noise and confusion; a confused
mixture of sounds, as of voices or languages.

That babel of strange heathen languages. --Hammond.

The grinding babel of the street. --R. L.
Stevenson.

Synonyms: Tower of Babel

See Also: Babylon, confusion, ziggurat, zikkurat, zikurat

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