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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For years, Mason led Star of Indiana, a world champion drum and bugle corps.’
    • ‘The ability to play only notes of the harmonic series is the characteristic feature of such simple instruments as the bugle or posthorn.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘By the end of the Civil War the artillery, cavalry, and infantry were sounding bugle calls.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This military role was later assumed by the bugle or trumpet in the west.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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 Winchester a single bugle player sounded the Last Post before the cathedral grounds fell silent.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The bugle was essential to all military communication until its displacement by electronics.’
    1. 1.1A 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.’
      • ‘The bulls arrange harems of as many as 50 cows, using a screeching bugle sound to make them swoon.’
      • ‘When Dudley hears the bull's bugle she loads her chamber and leaves our hiding place.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Sound a bugle.

    • ‘Until the mid-1800s, the best technology was shouting, bugling, or messengers on foot or on horseback.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact, in response to George's protests, the first confederate, Henry Longshackle, began bugling even more loudly.’
    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. 1.2Issue a loud sound resembling that of a bugle, particularly the mating call of a bull elk.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Indeed, sandhill legions on this river, dancing and bugling in spring and fall, are by far the greatest crane assemblies on earth.’
      • ‘The back-up orchestra consisted of bugling sandhill cranes, Eastern meadowlarks, and singing Savannah sparrows.’
      • ‘If any of them can howl like a coyote or bugle like an elk, Texas might have a chance.’
      • ‘His engraving of a bugling elk and waterfowl in flight are visually appealing and add greatly to the over-all aesthetics of the gun.’
      • ‘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.’’
      • ‘Reklesh bugled, a loud brassy call which resonated in the air around them.’
      • ‘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.’

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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Middle English: from late Latin bugula.

Pronunciation:

bugle

/ˈbyo͞oɡəl/

Main definitions of bugle in English

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bugle3

noun

  • An ornamental tube-shaped glass or plastic bead used in beadwork for clothing and fashion accessories.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Late 16th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

bugle

/ˈbyo͞oɡəl/