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
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.

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.

Synonyms: Tower of Babel

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

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