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 (once or twice) into a convenient shape, and ending in a bell. Its scale in the lower octaves is limited to the first natural harmonics; but there are modern trumpets capable, by means of valves or pistons, of producing every tone within their compass, although at the expense of the true ringing quality of tone. [1913 Webster]

The trumpet's loud clangor Excites us to arms. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. (Mil.) A trumpeter. --Clarendon. [1913 Webster]

3. One who praises, or propagates praise, or is the instrument of propagating it. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

That great politician was pleased to have the greatest wit of those times . . . to be the trumpet of his praises. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. (Mach) A funnel, or short, fiaring pipe, used as a guide or conductor, as for yarn in a knitting machine. [1913 Webster]

{Ear trumpet}. See under {Ear}.

{Sea trumpet} (Bot.), a great seaweed ({Ecklonia buccinalis}) of the Southern Ocean. It has a long, hollow stem, enlarging upwards, which may be made into a kind of trumpet, and is used for many purposes.

{Speaking trumpet}, an instrument for conveying articulate sounds with increased force.

{Trumpet animalcule} (Zo["o]l.), any infusorian belonging to Stentor and allied genera, in which the body is trumpet-shaped. See {Stentor}.

{Trumpet ash} (Bot.), the trumpet creeper. [Eng.]

{Trumpet conch} (Zo["o]l.), a trumpet shell, or triton.

{Trumpet creeper} (Bot.), an American climbing plant ({Tecoma radicans}) bearing clusters of large red trumpet-shaped flowers; -- called also {trumpet flower}, and in England {trumpet ash}.

{Trumpet fish}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The bellows fish. (b) The fistularia.

{Trumpet flower}. (Bot.) (a) The trumpet creeper; also, its blossom. (b) The trumpet honeysuckle. (c) A West Indian name for several plants with trumpet-shaped flowers.

{Trumpet fly} (Zo["o]l.), a botfly.

{Trumpet honeysuckle} (Bot.), a twining plant ({Lonicera sempervirens}) with red and yellow trumpet-shaped flowers; -- called also {trumpet flower}.

{Trumpet leaf} (Bot.), a name of several plants of the genus {Sarracenia}.

{Trumpet major} (Mil.), the chief trumpeter of a band or regiment.

{Trumpet marine} (Mus.), a monochord, having a thick string, sounded with a bow, and stopped with the thumb so as to produce the harmonic tones; -- said to be the oldest bowed instrument known, and in form the archetype of all others. It probably owes its name to ``its external resemblance to the large speaking trumpet used on board Italian vessels, which is of the same length and tapering shape.'' --Grove.

{Trumpet shell} (Zo["o]l.), any species of large marine univalve shells belonging to Triton and allied genera. See {Triton}, 2.

{Trumpet tree}. (Bot.) See {Trumpetwood}. [1913 Webster]


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  • trumpet — [trum′pit] n. [ME trompette < MFr, dim. of trompe: see TRUMP2] 1. a brass instrument with a bright tone, consisting of a tube in an oblong loop or loops, with a flared bell and, in the modern instrument, three valves for producing changes in… …   English World dictionary

  • trumpet — ► NOUN 1) a brass musical instrument with a flared bell and a bright, penetrating tone. 2) something shaped like a trumpet, especially the tubular central part of a daffodil flower. 3) the loud cry of an elephant. ► VERB (trumpeted, trumpeting)… …   English terms dictionary

  • Trumpet — Trump et, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Trumpeted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Trumpeting}.] [Cf. F. trompeter.] To publish by, or as by, sound of trumpet; to noise abroad; to proclaim; as, to trumpet good tidings. [1913 Webster] They did nothing but publish and… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Trumpet — Trump et, v. i. To sound loudly, or with a tone like a trumpet; to utter a trumplike cry. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • trumpet — (n.) c.1300, from O.Fr. trompette trumpet, dim. of trompe (see TRUMP (Cf. trump) (n.2)). The verb is recorded from 1520s; figurative sense of to proclaim, extol is attested from 1580s …   Etymology dictionary

  • trumpet — index circulate, herald, inform (notify), proclaim, propagate (spread), publish Burton s Legal Thesaurus …   Law dictionary

  • Trumpet —   [englisch, trʌmpɪt], Trompete …   Universal-Lexikon

  • trumpet — The verb has inflected forms trumpeted, trumpeting …   Modern English usage

  • Trumpet — Infobox Instrument color1=#FFD700 color2=#FFEC8B name=Trumpet classification= *Wind *Brass *Aerophone range=Written range: related=Flugelhorn, Cornet, Bugle, Natural trumpet, Bass trumpet, Post horn, Roman tuba, Bucina, Shofar, Conch, Lur,… …   Wikipedia

  • trumpet — trumpetless, adj. trumpetlike, adj. /trum pit/, n. 1. Music. a. any of a family of brass wind instruments with a powerful, penetrating tone, consisting of a tube commonly curved once or twice around on itself and having a cup shaped mouthpiece at …   Universalium

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