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speaking trumpet


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  • n. A megaphone.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. an instrument somewhat resembling a trumpet, by which the sound of the human voice may be so intensified as to be conveyed to a great distance.
  • n. an instrument for conveying articulate sounds with increased force.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A trumpet-shaped instrument by which the sound of the human voice is reinforced so that it may be heard at a great distance or above other sounds, as in hailing ships at sea or giving orders at a fire. In the United States navy a speaking-trumpet is the badge of the officer of the deck at sea.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a trumpet-shaped acoustic device to intensify and direct the human voice; formerly held to the ear by a hard-of-hearing person


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  • "SPEAKING TRUMPET, a trumpet by which the voice may be heard at a great distance. It was formerly used in large armies to give the word of command." (citation in list description)

    Edit: In Falconer's New Universal Dictionary of the Marine (1816) is this text: "To speak with a vessel implies that, on the meeting of ships or vessels at sea, one has communication with the other by going on board; but if that should be found impracticable from the state of the weather, the speaking trumpet here using a hyphen is employed by the homeward-bound ship to ask the necessary questions." (p. 491)

    October 9, 2008