American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An alarm sounded on a bell.
- n. A bell used to sound an alarm.
- n. A warning; an omen.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A signal given by means of a bell or bells; especially, a signal of alarm or of need; hence, any warning note or signal.
- n. A bell used to sound an alarm; an alarm-bell.
- n. Milit., an alarm-drum formerly used as a signal for charging.
- n. An alarm or other signal sounded by a bell or bells, especially with reference to France.
- n. A bell used to sound an alarm.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. An alarm bell, or the ringing of a bell for the purpose of alarm.
- n. the sound of an alarm (usually a bell)
- n. a bell used to sound an alarm
- From Old French toquesain (modern tocsin), from Provençal tocasenh, from tocar ‘strike, touch’ + senh ‘bell’. (Wiktionary)
- French, alteration of toquassen, from Old French touque-sain, from Old Provençal tocasenh : tocar, to strike (from Vulgar Latin *toccāre) + senh, bell (from Late Latin signum, from Latin, signal; see sign). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“That night the sound of the tocsin was again heard, mingling with the booming of cannon.”
“His purpose was seen by us at once, and seen with fresh alarm; for, if he had been able to reach the great bell, the terrible 'tocsin' would have aroused the country for ten leagues round, and have poured a hundred thousand armed peasantry into Paris.”
“The tocsin is the signal for our people in the salient. ”
“At a meeting this week organized by the Council on Foreign Relations, as part of its Religion and Foreign Policy Initiative, five leaders of the Christian churches in Sudan, on a tocsin tour of the United States, reflected on where things have come as a result.”
“But that's what Pelosi did, directing her righteous tocsin to the Norman Rockwell-like gatherings of Americans who opposed her expansion of government this past summer.”
“The US for its part needs those precious liquid fuels too, and China's torquing of global climate rings the dread tocsin in the American bell tower.”
“On the circular base of his apparatus he installed glass jars, in each of which a leech was imprisoned and attached to a fine chain that led up to a miniature belfry -- from whence the tinkling tocsin would be sounded on the approach of a tempest.”
“The tocsin bell hanging from its collar was fulfilling its mission.”
“And his case is even more of a tocsin because it doesn't seem that he suffered any serious concussions.”
“Emergency men identify a calamity—whether in Georgia, Iran, Venezuela—then sound the tocsin, offer quick verdicts, and jump forth with action-oriented remedies.”
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