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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ a babel of conflicting opinions
▪ She hushed the babel of her thoughts and tried to sleep.
▪ The village was a babel of accents from Ulster, London, Glasgow and Lancashire.
▪ Why did the people want to build the tower of babel?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Babel \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.

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

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

capital of Babylon, late 14c., from Hebrew Babhel (Gen. xi), from Akkadian bab-ilu "Gate of God" (from bab "gate" + ilu "god"). The name is a translation of Sumerian Ka-dingir. Meaning "confused medley of sounds" (1520s) is from the biblical story of the Tower of Babel.


n. (alternative form of Babel English)

  1. n: a confusion of voices and other sounds

  2. (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 [syn: Tower of Babel]

Babel (newspaper)

Babel was an Iraqi newspaper which was under the direction of Uday Hussein, the son of Saddam Hussein.


Babel is the name used in the Hebrew Bible for the city of Babylon.

Babel may also refer to:

Babel (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine)

__NOTOC__ "Babel" is the fifth episode of the science fiction television series Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

Babel (film)

Babel is a 2006 drama film directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and written by Guillermo Arriaga, starring an ensemble cast. The multi-narrative drama completes González Iñárritu's Death Trilogy, following Amores perros and 21 Grams. It is an international co-production among companies based in the US, Mexico, and France. The film portrays multiple stories taking place in Morocco, Japan, Mexico and the US.

Babel was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, where González Iñárritu won the Best Director Award. It was later screened at the Toronto International Film Festival. The film opened in selected cities in the United States on 27 October 2006, and went into wide release on 10 November 2006. Babel won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Drama, and received seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, and two for Best Supporting Actress, winning for Best Original Score.

Babel (soundtrack)

Babel is the original soundtrack album, on the Concord label, of the 2006 Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning film Babel starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Adriana Barraza, Gael García Bernal, Rinko Kikuchi and Koji Yakusho. The original score and songs were composed and produced by Gustavo Santaolalla.

The album won the Academy Award for Best Original Score and the BAFTA Award for Best Film Music. It was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Original Score (lost to the score of The Painted Veil).

The closing scene of the film features Ryuichi Sakamoto's "Bibo no Aozora." Sakamoto has previously won the BAFTA, Golden Globe, Grammy, and Academy Award for his score for The Last Emperor.

Babel (book)

Babel is a book by Patti Smith, published in 1978, and contains Smith's poems along with her prose, lyrics, pictures and drawings.

Babel (surname)

Babel is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Günther Babel, German politician
  • Isaak Babel, Soviet journalist, playwright, and short story writer
  • Johann Baptist Babel, Swiss sculptor
  • Louis Babel, Oblate priest
  • Matte Babel, Canadian television personality
  • Meike Babel, German tennis champion
  • Ryan Babel, Dutch footballer
Babel (song)

"Babel" is a song performed by British folk rock band Mumford & Sons, released as the fourth single from their second studio album Babel (2012). It was released on 9 July 2013 as a digital download. The song was written by Mumford & Sons and produced by Markus Dravs.

Babel (protocol)

The Babel routing protocol is a distance-vector routing protocol for Internet Protocol packet-switched networks that is designed to be robust and efficient on both wireless mesh networks and wired networks.

Babel is based on the ideas in Destination-Sequenced Distance Vector routing (DSDV), Ad hoc On-Demand Distance Vector Routing (AODV), and Cisco's Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), but uses different techniques for loop avoidance. Babel has provisions for using multiple dynamically computed metrics; by default, it uses hop-count on wired networks and a variant of ETX on wireless links, but can be configured to take radio diversity into account or to automatically compute a link's latency and include it in the metric.

Babel operates on IPv4 and IPv6 networks. It has been reported to be a robust protocol and to have fast convergence properties.

Four implementations of Babel are freely available: the standalone "reference" implementation, a version that used to be integrated into the Quagga routing suite, a minimal reimplemantation in Python and one that is an extension to the BIRD routing platform. The version that was integrated into Quagga allowed for authentication, while the reference version has support for Source-specific routing.

In October 2015, Babel was chosen as the mandatory-to-implement protocol by the IETF Homenet working group, albeit on an Experimental basis.

Babel (album)

Babel is the second studio album by British rock band Mumford & Sons. As with Sigh No More, the album was produced by Markus Dravs. The vinyl LP version of the record was pressed by United Record Pressing in Nashville, Tennessee. It was released on 21 September 2012 in Ireland, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Norway, Australia and New Zealand. It was released on 24 September 2012 in the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Spain, Italy, Eastern Europe, South America, and on 25 September 2012 in the United States and Canada.

Upon its release, Babel debuted at number one on both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200. It became the fastest-selling album of 2012 in the UK, selling over 159,000 copies in its first week, and was the biggest selling debut of any album in 2012 in the US at the time, selling 600,000 in its first week. The album received generally positive reviews from music critics and was nominated in the category of Album of the Year for both a Brit Award and Grammy Award, winning the latter.

Usage examples of "babel".

The art of advocacy was being exercised between an Irishman and a Scotchman, which made the English language quite a hotch-potch of equivocal words and a babel of sounds.

Then came archers of the guard, shrill-voiced women of the camp, English pages with their fair skins and blue wondering eyes, dark-robed friars, lounging men-at-arms, swarthy loud-tongued Gascon serving-men, seamen from the river, rude peasants of the Medoc, and becloaked and befeathered squires of the court, all jostling and pushing in an ever-changing, many-colored stream, while English, French, Welsh, Basque, and the varied dialects of Gascony and Guienne filled the air with their babel.

Till the luminous cinctures of melody up from the ground Arose as the shaft of a tapering tower of sound -- Arose for an unstricken full-finished Babel of sound.

And he did not believe that Merlin would rise from the woods to bring chaos to that hubristic Tower of Babel, the Cavendish Laboratory.

Jobs and Violet did okay with that one Meanie back at the Tower of Babel.

It was a tradition that when astronauts were cooped in their tiny quarters, hundreds of miles from anything and thousands of miles into an orbit, only one person on ground must be allowed to communicate with them lest there be confusion in commands or a babel of voices, and that one person must be a fellow astronaut, preferably one who had already flown.

Tower of Babel which has sprung up in Paris has killed that pretention, I think we shall feel and speak more modestly about our stone hyperbole, our materialization of the American love of the superlative.

He was brought up in Babel, from whence he came up to Jerusalem at forty years old, and there studied the law forty years more under Shemaiah and Abtalion, and after them he was President of the Sanhedrim forty years more.

Like the labourers of Babel, while we endeavour in vain to express our meaning to each other, the fabric by which, for a common end, we would have ascended to heaven from the ills of earth remains forever unadvanced and incomplete.

The shops and the landscape--the cosmopolitan crowd with its Babel of many tongues--the great hotels, built of stucco in the nouveau-riche style so rasping to sensitive nerves--the striped awnings, the low balconies, the gaudy house-fronts--all these our heroines looked at and commented on and revelled in with the joy of fresh and unspoiled youth.

The ballroom now presented a babel of noise as countless conversations and group discussions proceeded, some heatedly, with participants raising voices.

Vidal achieve in the new babel of the airwaves, while staying recognisably himself?

In the midst of the scuffling and babel of voices in the kitchen I heard the strident tones of the cavaliere, evidently in a great rage.

Chinamen, Hindoos, Turks, Cingalese, Italians and Germans, and to walk through their quarters and listen to the strange languages that they spoke was to get a very good idea of the confusion that must have reigned when the building of the tower of Babel was in progress, and gave us at the same time a chance to study some of the manners and customs of a people that were strange to us.

Babel with a remark about the Ladies of Perpetual Disgruntlement, the group of feminist vigilantes who had in recent weeks set the city on its ear with a series of creative and, Kate had to admit privately, funny acts of revenge.