Speaking trumpet
Speaking Speak"ing, a. 1. Uttering speech; used for conveying speech; as, man is a speaking animal; a speaking tube. [1913 Webster]

2. Seeming to be capable of speech; hence, lifelike; as, a speaking likeness. [1913 Webster]

{A speaking acquaintance}, a slight acquaintance with a person, or one which merely permits the exchange of salutations and remarks on indifferent subjects.

{Speaking trumpet}, an instrument somewhat resembling a trumpet, by which the sound of the human voice may be so intensified as to be conveyed to a great distance.

{Speaking tube}, a tube for conveying speech, especially from one room to another at a distance.

{To be on speaking terms}, to be slightly acquainted. [1913 Webster]


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  • Speaking trumpet — Trumpet Trump et, n. [F. trompette, dim. of trompe. See {Trump} a trumpet.] 1. (Mus.) A wind instrument of great antiquity, much used in war and military exercises, and of great value in the orchestra. In consists of a long metallic tube, curved… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • speaking trumpet — megafonas statusas T sritis fizika atitikmenys: angl. megaphone; speaking trumpet vok. Megaphon, n; Sprachrohr, m rus. мегафон, m pranc. mégaphone, m …   Fizikos terminų žodynas

  • speaking trumpet — noun A trumpet shaped acoustic device formerly used as a hearing aid …   Wiktionary

  • speaking trumpet — /ˈspikɪŋ trʌmpət/ (say speeking trumpuht) noun 1. a trumpet shaped device for amplifying sounds, held to the ear by a deaf person to enable better hearing. 2. a megaphone …   Australian English dictionary

  • speaking trumpet — noun a trumpet shaped acoustic device to intensify and direct the human voice; formerly held to the ear by a hard of hearing person • Hypernyms: ↑acoustic device …   Useful english dictionary

  • speaking trumpet — noun historical an instrument for making the voice carry, especially at sea …   English new terms dictionary

  • speaking-trumpet — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Trumpet — Trump et, n. [F. trompette, dim. of trompe. See {Trump} a trumpet.] 1. (Mus.) A wind instrument of great antiquity, much used in war and military exercises, and of great value in the orchestra. In consists of a long metallic tube, curved (once or …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trumpet animalcule — Trumpet Trump et, n. [F. trompette, dim. of trompe. See {Trump} a trumpet.] 1. (Mus.) A wind instrument of great antiquity, much used in war and military exercises, and of great value in the orchestra. In consists of a long metallic tube, curved… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trumpet ash — Trumpet Trump et, n. [F. trompette, dim. of trompe. See {Trump} a trumpet.] 1. (Mus.) A wind instrument of great antiquity, much used in war and military exercises, and of great value in the orchestra. In consists of a long metallic tube, curved… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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