Main definitions of bugle in English

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bugle1

noun

  • 1A brass instrument like a small trumpet, typically without valves or keys and used for military signals.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It can be ranked with the trumpet, the bugle, and the drum as a military instrument.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Call out the fifes, sound the bugles, strike on the drums.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In Winchester a single bugle player sounded the Last Post before the cathedral grounds fell silent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This military role was later assumed by the bugle or trumpet in the west.’
    • ‘The bugle was essential to all military communication until its displacement by electronics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By the end of the Civil War the artillery, cavalry, and infantry were sounding bugle calls.’
    1. 1.1 A loud sound resembling that of a bugle, as the mating call of a bull elk.
      ‘the piercing bugle of adult bulls’
      • ‘I listen for the screech of a circling hawk and the bugle of a bull elk.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The bulls arrange harems of as many as 50 cows, using a screeching bugle sound to make them swoon.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Sound 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. 1.1[with object] Sound (a note or call) on a bugle.
      ‘he bugled a warning’
      • ‘Thanks to the sailor who bugled a tune for the group as well as the several songs we heard over the radio.’
      • ‘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.’
    2. 1.2 Issue a loud sound resembling that of a bugle, particularly the mating call of a bull elk.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The bugling of the stags is a form of challenge and carries for about a kilometre on a clear day.’
      • ‘Further back in the trees an unseen bull elk bugled the fluty fall mating cry that says nothing so much as ‘wild.’’
      • ‘His engraving of a bugling elk and waterfowl in flight are visually appealing and add greatly to the over-all aesthetics of the gun.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Soaring golden eagles, bugling elk, ptarmigans, and other wildlife accompany us on this scenic and awe-inspiring journey.’
      • ‘Reklesh bugled, a loud brassy call which resonated in the air around them.’
      • ‘If any of them can howl like a coyote or bugle like an elk, Texas might have a chance.’
      • ‘Indeed, sandhill legions on this river, dancing and bugling in spring and fall, are by far the greatest crane assemblies on earth.’

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin buculus, diminutive of bos ox The early English sense was wild ox hence the compound bugle-horn, being originally the horn of an ox used to give signals in hunting.

Pronunciation:

bugle

/ˈbyo͞oɡəl/

Main definitions of bugle in English

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bugle2

noun

  • A creeping plant of the mint family with blue flowers held on upright stems.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Primrose, cowslip, lady's mantle, bugle, thrift, clustered bellflower are widely available in garden centres, but are all natives.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Middle English: from late Latin bugula.

Pronunciation:

bugle

/ˈbyo͞oɡəl/

Main definitions of bugle in English

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bugle3

noun

also 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Late 16th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

bugle

/ˈbyo͞oɡəl/