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toc·sin

 (tŏk′sĭn)
n.
1.
a. An alarm sounded on a bell.
b. A bell used to sound an alarm.
2. A warning; an omen.

[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).]
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tocsin

(ˈtɒksɪn)
n
1. an alarm or warning signal, esp one sounded on a bell
2. an alarm bell
[C16: from French, from Old French toquassen, from Old Provençal tocasenh, from tocar to touch + senh bell, from Latin signum]
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toc•sin

(ˈtɒk sɪn)

n.
1. a signal, esp. of alarm, sounded on a bell or bells.
2. a bell used to sound an alarm.
[1580–90; < Middle French < Occitan tocasenh literally, (it) strikes (the) bell =toca, 3d singular present of tocar to strike, touch + senh bell, sign]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tocsin - the sound of an alarm (usually a bell)tocsin - the sound of an alarm (usually a bell)
alarum, warning signal, alarm, alert - an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger
2.tocsin - a bell used to sound an alarmtocsin - a bell used to sound an alarm  
bell - a hollow device made of metal that makes a ringing sound when struck
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tocsin

noun
A signal that warns of imminent danger:
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Translations
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tocsin

[ˈtɒksɪn] N
1. (= alarm) → campana f de alarma, rebato m
2. (fig) → voz f de alarma
to sound the tocsindar la voz de alarma, tocar a rebato
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tocsin

n (old)Alarmglocke f, → Alarm m
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References in classic literature ?
Monsieur Gabelle, chief functionary of the place, became uneasy; went out on his house-top alone, and looked in that direction too; glanced down from behind his chimneys at the darkening faces by the fountain below, and sent word to the sacristan who kept the keys of the church, that there might be need to ring the tocsin by-and-bye.
Help, every one!" The tocsin rang impatiently, but other help (if that were any) there was none.
The illuminated village had seized hold of the tocsin, and, abolishing the lawful ringer, rang for joy.
Presently the tocsin call of "Clara!" sounded to the world the state of Miss Leeson's purse.
The sound of drumming and trumpeting came from the Albany Street Barracks, and every church within earshot was hard at work killing sleep with a vehement disorderly tocsin. There was a noise of doors opening, and window after win- dow in the houses opposite flashed from darkness into yellow illumination.
I was just putting out my light when the telephone rang a furious tocsin in the next room.
How can the nation respond to the tocsins tolled by Mueller, Coats, Burr and Wray (Republicans all) if there are no accepted facts, no common basis for deliberation, no respect for the professional researchers and analysts whose life works are to study, measure and describe reality?