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Definition: Trumpet major
, n. [F. trompette, dim. of trompe. See
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.
The trumpet's loud clangor
Excites us to arms. --Dryden.
2. (Mil.) A trumpeter. --Clarendon.
3. One who praises, or propagates praise, or is the
instrument of propagating it. --Shak.
That great politician was pleased to have the
greatest wit of those times . . . to be the trumpet
of his praises. --Dryden.
4. (Mach) A funnel, or short, fiaring pipe, used as a guide
or conductor, as for yarn in a knitting machine.
. See under Ear
(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.
, an instrument for conveying articulate
sounds with increased force.
(Zo["o]l.), any infusorian belonging to
Stentor and allied genera, in which the body is
trumpet-shaped. See Stentor
(Bot.), the trumpet creeper. [Eng.]
(Zo["o]l.), a trumpet shell, or triton.
(Bot.), an American climbing plant (Tecoma radicans
) bearing clusters of large red trumpet-shaped
flowers; -- called also trumpet flower
, and in England
(a) The bellows fish.
(b) The fistularia.
(a) The trumpet creeper; also, its blossom.
(b) The trumpet honeysuckle.
(c) A West Indian name for several plants with
(Zo["o]l.), a botfly.
(Bot.), a twining plant (Lonicera sempervirens
) with red and yellow trumpet-shaped flowers;
-- called also trumpet flower
(Bot.), a name of several plants of the genus
(Mil.), the chief trumpeter of a band or
(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.”
(Zo["o]l.), any species of large marine
univalve shells belonging to Triton and allied genera. See
. (Bot.) See Trumpetwood