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Meaning of Roman strike

Ro'man strike'

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— Horol. Horol.
  1. a striking mechanism of c1700, giving the equivalent in tones of Roman numerals, a bell of one pitch striking once for each number I, a bell of another pitch striking once for V, twice for X.
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