Monday, December 16, 2013
klaxon noun [KLAK-suhn] a loud electric horn, formerly used on automobiles, trucks, etc., and now often used as a warning signal.
Definitions for klaxon
- a loud electric horn, formerly used on automobiles, trucks, etc., and now often used as a warning signal.
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Citations for klaxon
He invented the Klaxon, a horn that relied on electricity to vibrate a metal diaphragm, emitting a sound that was shrill yet guttural, abrupt yet unending, ugly yet lifesaving.
Everybody has heard a klaxon on a car suddenly begin to sound; I understand it is a short circuit that causes it.
Origin of klaxon
Klaxon got its name from an American manufacturing company that made horns for automobiles. It entered English in the early 1900s.