from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A call by the sound of the trumpet; hence, any loud or imperative summons to action.


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  • It was a trumpet-call of words bringing drama into a nebulous creation.

    The Kempton-Wace Letters

  • It was that raging trumpet-call rather than the battering blows that caused the truants to shrink and cower before him, and lean aside out of his path, plashing ashore in reluctant haste.

    His Disposition

  • The trumpet-call had let loose an enormous volume of noise.

    Nineteen Eighty-four

  • It always meant victory when a trumpet-call preceded the news.

    Nineteen Eighty-four

  • In one loud burst from their ranks and from our battlements rang out the battle-cry and trumpet-call.

    The Phoenissae

  • They met continually now — mostly at dusk — during the brief interval between the going down of the sun and the minute at which the last trumpet-call summoned him to his tent.

    Life's Little Ironies

  • Be that as it may, I was by this time wide awake, though much aggrieved at feeling so, and through the open window heard the distant roll of musketry, and the beating of drums, with a quick rub-a-dub, and the ‘come round the corner’ of trumpet-call.

    Lorna Doone

  • The jungle fowl were too cunning to show themselves, though one could hear them cluck-clucking all round, and once or twice the sharp trumpet-call of a cock.

    Burmese Days

  • The new voice rang out over the sound of the fighting like a trumpet-call, startling Beth so much she nearly dropped the guitar.

    Knight Of Ghosts And Shadows

  • His voice was drowned by a trumpet-call which brought Peithon to his feet, naked and staring.

    Funeral Games


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