from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a prolonged roll of the drums, as the signal of an attack by the enemy, and for the troops to arrange themselves in line.
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Registrum "has come down to us, a long roll of parchment for the use of the director, containing directions and the first words of the dialogues.
H. was again reelected to the Fifty-second Congress, and though by the will of Divine Providence he was not permitted to take his seat, he will ever be held in grateful remembrance by his late constituents, and when the long roll of Virginia's noble and heroic dead is called, the name of WILLIAM H. FITZH.GH.LEE will be mourned by his mother Commonwealth as one of her noblest and truest sons.
Nature has many tricks wherewith she convinces man of his finity, — the ceaseless flow of the tides, the fury of the storm, the shock of the earthquake, the long roll of heaven's artillery, — but the most tremendous, the most stupefying of all, is the passive phase of the White Silence.