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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.
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	              The trumpet's loud clangor
	              Excites us to arms.                   --Dryden.
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	     2. (Mil.) A trumpeter. --Clarendon.
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	     3. One who praises, or propagates praise, or is the
	        instrument of propagating it. --Shak.
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	              That great politician was pleased to have the
	              greatest wit of those times . . . to be the trumpet
	              of his praises.                       --Dryden.
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	     4. (Mach) A funnel, or short, fiaring pipe, used as a guide
	        or conductor, as for yarn in a knitting machine.
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	     {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
	     {Trumpet major} (Mil.), the chief trumpeter of a band or
	     {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}.
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	  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.
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	           They did nothing but publish and trumpet all the
	           reproaches they could devise against the Irish.
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	  Trumpet Trump"et, v. i.
	     To sound loudly, or with a tone like a trumpet; to utter a
	     trumplike cry.
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