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speaking trumpet

a trumpet-shaped instrument used to carry the voice a great distance or held to the ear by a deaf person to aid his hearing
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  • Then I gave directions to the captain, and he with a speaking trumpet, directed the crew, until they picked him up.

  • Mrs. Leake heard her though the speaking trumpet was not in action.

    The Bertrams Anthony Trollope
  • English colors were now flying at our masthead, and a voice through a speaking trumpet called to know who we were.

    Humphrey Bold Herbert Strang
  • Caradoc caught up a speaking trumpet and held it to his friend's ear.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • “Silence there, fore and aft—every man to his station,” cried the first-lieutenant, through his speaking trumpet.

    Newton Forster Captain Frederick Marryat
  • The echo of a speaking trumpet was heard after an interval of ten seconds.

  • And they have only borrowed my mother's lips, at the distance they are from you, for a sort of speaking trumpet for them.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9) Samuel Richardson
  • The Indians were still continuing their signals, and Valentine raised his hands to his mouth in the shape of a speaking trumpet.

  • To-day a barque from Algoa Bay came close to us, and talked with the speaking trumpet.

    Letters from the Cape Lady Duff Gordon
  • Their leader, making a speaking trumpet of his hand, shouted to the boat his orders to stop.

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