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clarion

[klar-ee-uh n] /ˈklær i ən/
adjective
1.
clear and shrill:
the clarion call of a battle trumpet.
noun
2.
an ancient trumpet with a curved shape.
3.
the sound of this instrument.
4.
any similar sound.
Origin
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English < Medieval Latin clāriōn- (stem of clāriō) trumpet, equivalent to clār- clear + -iōn- -ion
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  • clarion has been making dashboards glow green with car stereos for years.
  • The military's record of answering those clarion calls has been uneven, however.
  • At the other end, you have the clarion call to treat cyberspace as a theater in a war.
  • But two studies released this fall added a sour note to the clarion call.
  • His voice rises, a crescendo of persuasion, a clarion for the cause.
  • If its chilling claims are even partly true, the report should be read as a clarion call to action.
British Dictionary definitions for clarion

clarion

/ˈklærɪən/
noun
1.
a four-foot reed stop of trumpet quality on an organ
2.
an obsolete, high-pitched, small-bore trumpet
3.
the sound of such an instrument or any similar sound
adjective
4.
(prenominal) clear and ringing; inspiring: a clarion call to action
verb
5.
to proclaim loudly
Word Origin
C14: from Medieval Latin clāriō trumpet, from Latin clārus clear
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Word Origin and History for clarion
n.

"small, high-pitched type of trumpet," early 14c., from Old French clarion "(high-pitched) trumpet, bugle" and directly from Medieval Latin clarionem (nominative clario) "a trumpet," from Latin clarus "clear" (see clear (adj.)). Clarion call is attested from 1838.

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clarion in Technology
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A family of systems from SoftVelocity, Inc. for building database applications on Microsoft Windows. Clarion products include Clarion 4GL language with a C++ and Modula-2 compiler. Clarion products support fast, efficient database application development. Clarion was originally developed by Clarion Software Corporation, later to become TopSpeed Corporation. In 2000, the Clarion product line was acquired by SoftVelocity Inc.
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The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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