Part of speech: noun

A signal; alarm; alarm bell.

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Usage examples "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", Amanda Minnie Douglas.
  2. It was all here, all, the Tocsin had- no, not all! - "The Further Adventures of Jimmie Dale", 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", Lousia Muhlbach.