One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A brass instrument like a small trumpet, typically without valves or keys and used for military signals.
- ‘While the living comrades of those buried in a New Caledonia cemetery stand at salute, a bugle sounds ‘Taps’ - voicing the promise that they have not died in vain.’
- ‘It can be ranked with the trumpet, the bugle, and the drum as a military instrument.’
- ‘Call out the fifes, sound the bugles, strike on the drums.’
- ‘In Winchester a single bugle player sounded the Last Post before the cathedral grounds fell silent.’
- ‘He had a weakness for everything grand, powerful and gleaming - military uniforms, brass bugles, banners and lances glinting in the sun, royal palaces and coats of arms.’
- ‘Traditional musical instruments include a bugle made from buffalo horn, a circular piece of iron with a string stretched across it that vibrates to produce sound, and a drum.’
- ‘The ability to play only notes of the harmonic series is the characteristic feature of such simple instruments as the bugle or posthorn.’
- ‘For years, Mason led Star of Indiana, a world champion drum and bugle corps.’
- ‘With the deep tones of a bugle signalling the end of the remembrance service in the background, Emmett said in a trembling voice that his journey back to the camp brought closure for him.’
- ‘There is just less than half an hour of music, beginning with an introductory movement depicting dawn at a tranquil camp of Confederate troops, broken by the Assembly bugle calls and the march north.’
- ‘In Lancashire, the bugle sounded at the stroke of midday as riders and hunt followers toasted the Holcombe Hunt with a drop of brandy or port.’
- ‘By the end of the Civil War the artillery, cavalry, and infantry were sounding bugle calls.’
- ‘The bugle was essential to all military communication until its displacement by electronics.’
- ‘Now we have barracks for the soldiers but the bugle is an extremely important instrument for our regiment and we like to carry on the tradition.’
- ‘I was on duty in the submarine lookout position when I heard the ‘double’ sounded on our bugles and I immediately ran to my action station in Q turret, midships between the two funnels.’
- ‘Deployed in open order, often across broken terrain and beyond the immediate supervision of their commanders, the manoeuvres of these soldiers were controlled by signals relayed by bugles and horns.’
- ‘This military role was later assumed by the bugle or trumpet in the west.’
- ‘From beyond the canyon's ridge, a wonderful bugle call charged the air, pounding hooves, belonging to the stalwart super troopers of Holt's Rangers raced to The Alamo in all their red, white and blue glory.’
- ‘He was awoken before dawn by the strange lilting sound of Ottoman bugles, and after prayers and a breakfast of melons he set off behind the Mutawwif towards the Sacred Mosque.’
- ‘The bugle that sounded the Charge of the Light Brigade will today be presented to the regiment that carried it into the valley where hundreds of men died.’
- 1.1 A loud sound resembling that of a bugle, as the mating call of a bull elk.‘the piercing bugle of adult bulls’
- ‘The bulls arrange harems of as many as 50 cows, using a screeching bugle sound to make them swoon.’
- ‘The haunting, squealing bugle of bull elks, echoing along high valleys in autumn, seems the voice of an unchanging wilderness.’
- ‘When Dudley hears the bull's bugle she loads her chamber and leaves our hiding place.’
- ‘I listen for the screech of a circling hawk and the bugle of a bull elk.’
1Sound a bugle.
- ‘In fact, in response to George's protests, the first confederate, Henry Longshackle, began bugling even more loudly.’
- ‘All day long, upon the grass-grown ramparts of the town practising soldiers trumpeted and bugled; all day long, down in angles of dry trenches, practising soldiers drummed and drummed.’
- ‘Until the mid-1800s, the best technology was shouting, bugling, or messengers on foot or on horseback.’
- 1.1with object Sound (a note or call) on a bugle.‘he bugled a warning’
- ‘Sharp notes fill the afternoon like gun smoke as Mr. Fish bugles the students back on the bus.’
- ‘Gunga Din was climbing the tower to bugle a warning and the Scottish bagpipers were on the way.’
- ‘Thanks to the sailor who bugled a tune for the group as well as the several songs we heard over the radio.’
- 1.2 Issue a loud sound resembling that of a bugle, particularly the mating call of a bull elk.
- ‘If any of them can howl like a coyote or bugle like an elk, Texas might have a chance.’
- ‘A bull elk, then, has to continually advertise - through bugling and antler display - his own fitness in order to counter the claims of others and to attract and hold his harem.’
- ‘His engraving of a bugling elk and waterfowl in flight are visually appealing and add greatly to the over-all aesthetics of the gun.’
- ‘Soaring golden eagles, bugling elk, ptarmigans, and other wildlife accompany us on this scenic and awe-inspiring journey.’
- ‘Further back in the trees an unseen bull elk bugled the fluty fall mating cry that says nothing so much as ‘wild.’’
- ‘The bugling of the stags is a form of challenge and carries for about a kilometre on a clear day.’
- ‘Indeed, sandhill legions on this river, dancing and bugling in spring and fall, are by far the greatest crane assemblies on earth.’
- ‘So when an elk bugles, everyone listens, males and females alike: females to assess the fitness of the bull, males to judge whether to challenge him for the right to mate.’
- ‘The back-up orchestra consisted of bugling sandhill cranes, Eastern meadowlarks, and singing Savannah sparrows.’
- ‘Reklesh bugled, a loud brassy call which resonated in the air around them.’
Middle English: via Old French from Latin buculus, diminutive of bos ‘ox’. The early English sense was ‘wild ox’, hence the compound bugle-horn, denoting the horn of an ox used to give signals, originally in hunting.
A creeping plant of the mint family with blue flowers held on upright stems.
Genus Ajuga, family Labiatae: several species, especially the common A. reptansAlso called bugleweed
- ‘You can even plant periwinkle, bugle and ground ivy in the gaps in your log or rock pile - this could make a fun project for an older child.’
- ‘We found some, but not the great swathes that we had hoped for, although we were rewarded by plenty of patches of bluebells, drifts of wood anemones, a glade with masses of milkmaids and lots of primroses, cowslips and violas and bugle.’
- ‘Primrose, cowslip, lady's mantle, bugle, thrift, clustered bellflower are widely available in garden centres, but are all natives.’
Middle English: from late Latin bugula.
nounalso bugle bead
An ornamental tube-shaped glass or plastic bead used in beadwork for clothing and fashion accessories.
- ‘It was made out of black polyester that looked very much like silk, floor length, with a kind of cowl neck, cut low to the back with straps fanning out across the back and bugle beading at the hips and collar.’
- ‘Sophie's more casual outfit consists of a black Powerline stretch sleeveless top, Kismet's own label sarong, and an orange, multi-strand bugle bead bracelet.’
- ‘On the cover of our December issue, Gwyneth Paltrow is wearing a beautiful satin/silk, bugle-beaded Ralph Lauren collection gown.’
- ‘She believes in shimmer in bridal wear and embellishes the line with bugle beads, gold thread, sequins, embroidery, weave and print to create an almost futuristic look.’
- ‘Towering stilettos from Sergio Rossi or Diego Dolcini are studded with Swarovski crystals, bugle beads or paillettes, often on luxurious fabrics such as satin or even alpaca.’
Late 16th century: of unknown origin.
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