Come on, stand up, brother, father, toll the tocsin [alarm bell]!
Industry has ceased in it; not sounds of the hammer and saw, but of the tocsin and alarm-drum.
What priest does not know that tocsin of the night, and the start from peaceful slumbers?
All night long the dismal clang of the tocsin had summoned the fighting portion of the population to important points of defense.
Drums can be heard beating the alarm, and the tocsin peals from the churches.
On the 15th of October, at six in the morning, the tocsin was sounded in Paris.
But how traverse that town, which the tocsin had already alarmed?
Can I sincerely believe that the tocsin will help towards the regeneration of mankind?
"The tocsin, the tocsin—the fire-bell, as I am a gentleman," quoth his gay sub.
The Magpie was keeping up a running fire of questions, as the tocsin toiled on with her pencil.
"alarm bell," 1580s, from Middle French toquassen "an alarm bell, the ringing of an alarm bell" (late 14c.), from Old Provençal tocasenh, from tocar "to strike" (from Vulgar Latin *toccare "strike a bell;" see touch) + senh "bell, bell note," from Late Latin signum "bell, ringing of a bell," in Latin "mark, signal." The current English spelling is from 1794, adopted from modern French.