- a signal sounded by a bell or bells, especially an alarm
Etymology: From Old French toquesain (modern tocsinFrench, tocsin), from Proveníal tocasenh, from tocar "strike, touch" + senh "bell".
- 1807: At half-past one, on the sounding of the (or bell of the public-house) about fifteen persons were collected, when the Rev. J. Bromley was called to the chair " The Times, 23 Aug 1804, p.3 col. C
- 1970: As she entered the projection theatre the soundtrack reverberated across the sculpture garden, a melancholy modulated by Talbert"s less and less coherent commentary. " JG Ballard, The Atrocity Exhibition
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