stentor

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n stentor any of several trumpet-shaped ciliate protozoans that are members of the genus Stentor
    • n Stentor the mythical Greek warrior with an unusually loud voice who died after losing a shouting contest with Hermes
    • n stentor a speaker with an unusually loud voice
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Stentor A herald, in the Iliad, who had a very loud voice; hence, any person having a powerful voice.
    • Stentor (Zoöl) A howling monkey, or howler.
    • Stentor (Zoöl) Any species of ciliated Infusoria belonging to the genus Stentor and allied genera, common in fresh water. The stentors have a bell-shaped, or cornucopia-like, body with a circle of cilia around the spiral terminal disk. See Illust. under Heterotricha.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n stentor A person having a very powerful voice.
    • n stentor In mammalogy: The ursine howler, Mycetes ursinus, a platyrrhine monkey of South America; an alouate; any species of Mycetes. See cut under howler.
    • n stentor [capitalized] The genus of howlers: same as Mycetes.
    • n stentor In Protozoa: A trumpet-animalcule, or so-called funnel-like polyp.
    • n stentor [capitalized] The typical genus of Stentoridæ, of elongate, trumpetlike, or infundibuliform figure, with rounded peristome. They are of large size, often brilliant color, social habits, and wide distribution, among the longest- and best-known of infusorians. They were formerly mistaken for or classed with polyps. S. polymorphus is a leading species; S. niger is another. See also cut under Infusoria.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Stentor stent′or a very loud-voiced herald in the Iliad, hence any person with a remarkably loud voice: the ursine howler
    • ***

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Stentor, Gr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr.

Usage

In literature:

Stentor had never such a voice at the siege of Troy.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
At that moment Fred recognized him as Sut Simpson, the scout, whose voice rang out as startling and clear as that of a stentor.
"In the Pecos Country" by Edward Sylvester Ellis (AKA Lieutenant R.H. Jayne)
Sir Stentor, who expected to meet with you in Paris?
"The Adventures of Ferdinand Count Fathom, Complete" by Tobias Smollett
Stentor had never such a voice at the siege of Troy.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book I." by Francois Rabelais
The Stentor, from its location below the alga, could not reach the starch grains without altering its position.
"The Dawn of Reason" by James Weir
The old man stood up, shouted an order in the voice of a Stentor, and waved his hand.
"The Norsemen in the West" by R.M. Ballantyne
It lasts with the voice of Stentor, and with the horn of Roland.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
Then, still breathing stentorously, he stamped into the bedroom.
"The Creature from Cleveland Depths" by Fritz Reuter Leiber
Fortunately the man was so tired that he did not lay awake long, and his stentorous breathing soon told Garry he was asleep.
"The Ranger Boys and the Border Smugglers" by Claude A. Labelle
And therefore every man who writes plays at the present, and at any future time, must have a hero first-cousin at least to Stentor.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 367, May 1846" by Various
Stentor had not a grander voice.
"The Woodlands Orchids" by Frederick Boyle
When the applause had subsided, MR. STENTOR rose and modestly alluded to his own proud position.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
Uncle Dave seemed to become a giant in strength, his voice that of a stentor, and his manner fierce, as soon as his flock went into action.
"Brother Against Brother" by Oliver Optic
All at once a more stentorous sound interrupts the play, causing a cessation of the game.
"The Headless Horseman" by Mayne Reid
For some weeks my Stentors abounded, and then most of them suddenly disappeared.
"Marvels of Pond-life" by Henry J. Slack
Up came the two watchmen, breathing stentorously, for they were middle-aged and corpulent.
"A Lively Bit of the Front" by Percy F. Westerman
Let us now look at another animal, the stentor, or trumpet-animalcule.
"The Catholic World. Volume III; Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6." by E. Rameur
On payment of a florin the stentors will shout the virtues of his wares for a space of twelve seconds.
"The Romance of Modern Invention" by Archibald Williams
By interruptions blows were given in the calmness of his power, but they were parried with the roar of a stentor.
"Makers and Romance of Alabama History" by B. F. Riley
***