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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).]
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]
1. a signal, esp. of alarm, sounded on a bell or bells.
2. a bell used to sound an alarm.
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|Noun||1.||tocsin - the sound of an alarm (usually a bell)|
|2.||tocsin - a bell used to sound an alarm |
bell - a hollow device made of metal that makes a ringing sound when struck