What does the word tocsin mean?

Usage examples for tocsin

  1. Had not the famous Declaration of Independence been born here and the State House bell pealed out the first tocsin of freedom? – A Little Girl in Old Philadelphia by Amanda Minnie Douglas
  2. It was all here, all, the Tocsin had- no, not all! – The Further Adventures of Jimmie Dale by Frank L. Packard
  3. You still live; the bells you hear are ringing the tocsin; they aroused us because the French and Bavarians are advancing upon the city. – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach