Toc"sin (?), n. [F., fr. OF. toquier to touch, F. toquer (originally, a dialectic form of F. toucher) + seint (for sein) a bell, LL. signum, fr. L. signum a sign, signal. See Touch, and Sign.]

An alarm bell, or the ringing of a bell for the purpose of alarm.

The loud tocsin tolled their last alarm. Campbell.

 

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