American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several trumpet-shaped, ciliate protozoans of the genus Stentor, living in dark freshwater pools and feeding chiefly on smaller microorganisms.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A person having a very powerful voice.
- n. In mammalogy: The ursine howler, Mycetes ursinus, a platyrrhine monkey of South America; an alouate; any species of Mycetes. See cut under howler.
- n. [capitalized] The genus of howlers: same as Mycetes.
- n. In Protozoa: A trumpet-animalcule, or so-called funnel-like polyp.
- n. [capitalized] The typical genus of Stentoridæ, of elongate, trumpetlike, or infundibuliform figure, with rounded peristome. They are of large size, often brilliant color, social habits, and wide distribution, among the longest- and best-known of infusorians. They were formerly mistaken for or classed with polyps. S. polymorphus is a leading species; S. niger is another. See also cut under
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A herald, in the Iliad, who had a very loud voice; hence, any person having a powerful voice.
- n. (Zoöl.) Any species of ciliated Infusoria belonging to the genus Stentor and allied genera, common in fresh water. The stentors have a bell-shaped, or cornucopia-like, body with a circle of cilia around the spiral terminal disk. See
- n. (Zoöl.) A howling monkey, or howler.
- n. any of several trumpet-shaped ciliate protozoans that are members of the genus Stentor
- n. a speaker with an unusually loud voice
- n. the mythical Greek warrior with an unusually loud voice who died after losing a shouting contest with Hermes
- From Latin Stentōr, from Ancient Greek Στέντωρ (Stentor), the name of a herald in the Iliad who had a loud voice. (Wiktionary)
- After Stentor, a Greek herald. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Fond of a drink, which may have been the cause of her loud behaviour, Elizabeth was described as Amazonian, of huge size, with masculine features and the voice of a stentor.12 It seems clear to us in the twenty-first century that Charlotte and Elizabeth were harmless eccentrics who certainly did not belong in a mental hospital, or even in custody.”
“Once more opening his mouth and shutting his eyes, and laughing like a stentor, Kit gradually backed to the door, and roared himself out.”
“November 30th, 2004 at 4:39 pm i agree with stentor and mythago, and posted a response on my blog much more wordy than the succinct comments :.”
““A stentor, me ignorant broth of a boy!” cried Mrs. Tarleton, aping his brogue.”
“He was a fine, big, broad-shouldered west-countryman with the voice of a stentor; and, although he was dressed in a somewhat shabby old uniform coat and had his trousers tucked into his boots, he looked every inch a gentleman, as he was, indeed, not only by birth, but by breeding.”
“English freedom has degenerated into the rudest licence, and it is not uncommon in the midst of the most affecting part of a tragedy, or the most charming cadenza of a singer, to hear some coarse expression shouted from the gallery in a stentor voice.”
“Young and ardent, with courage as unique as his ubiquity, he blustered in like a whirlwind, brushing P. Sybarite to one side, the wounded boy to the other, and pausing only a single instant to throw back the skirts of his tunic and grasp the butt of the revolver in his hip-pocket, demanded in the voice of an Irish stentor:”
“Why is that above all this cackle about prosperity can be heard the stentor tones of Markhanna's organ advising American workmen that they must come squarely down to the European wage level before they can hope for permanent employment?”
“They proclaimed in stentor tones and pigeon-English that would have broken the heart of Lindley Murray, that I was a defamer of womanhood -- while confessing that they didn't know whether I had ever mentioned a female.”
“The enormous locomotive-engine, with its driving-wheels that stood higher than a man's head, impressed him mightily, for all that the monster's burning heart had grown cold and its stentor breathing had been hushed forever.”
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