Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An alarm sounded on a bell.
  • noun A bell used to sound an alarm.
  • noun A warning; an omen.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A signal given by means of a bell or bells; especially, a signal of alarm or of need; hence, any warning note or signal.
  • noun A bell used to sound an alarm; an alarm-bell.
  • noun Milit., an alarm-drum formerly used as a signal for charging.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun An alarm bell, or the ringing of a bell for the purpose of alarm.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An alarm or other signal sounded by a bell or bells, especially with reference to France.
  • noun A bell used to sound an alarm.

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

  • noun the sound of an alarm (usually a bell)
  • noun a bell used to sound an alarm

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[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).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old French toquesain (modern tocsin), from Provençal tocasenh, from tocar ‘strike, touch’ + senh ‘bell’.

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