from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, a peculiar beat of the drum to order men to their stations on an alarm of fire; a summons to fire-quarters; in the United States navy, the rapid ringing of the ship's bell as an alarm-signal of fire.


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  • As soon as the wounded men had been taken below, the captain desired the boatswain to pipe to quarters, for the drummer, when called to beat the "fire-roll," had been summoned to his last account.

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  • "fire-roll" to be beat by the drummer, and sent down to ascertain the extent of the mischief.

    The King's Own


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