Alarm meaning

ə-lärm'
The definition of alarm is to warn of danger or to make someone afraid or distressed.

An example of alarm is Paul Revere riding through the towns to warn the people that the British were near.

An example of alarm is to sneak up behind a person and shout to scare him or her.

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To give warning to.
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To equip with or protect by an alarm.

The dormitory doors are alarmed from 7:00 pm to 7:00 am.

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To fill with alarm or anxious concern.
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A sudden call to arms.
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A signal, sound, cry, etc. that is a warning of danger.
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A mechanism designed to warn of danger or trespassing.

A burglar alarm.

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A device that is used to warn of danger by means of a sound or signal.

A fire alarm.

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The sounding mechanism of an alarm clock.

The alarm went off at 6:30.

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A call to arms.
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The bell, buzzer, etc. of an alarm clock.
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Fear caused by a sudden awareness of danger.
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To warn of approaching danger.
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To make suddenly afraid or anxious; frighten.
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A sound or message that indicates an error condition or predefined event has occurred. See alert.
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A summons to arms, as on the approach of an enemy.

Arming to answer in a night alarm. --Shakespeare.

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Any sound or information intended to give notice of approaching danger; a warning sound to arouse attention; a warning of danger.

Sound an alarm in my holy mountain. --Joel ii. 1.

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A sudden attack; disturbance.
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Sudden surprise with fear or terror excited by apprehension of danger; in the military use, commonly, sudden apprehension of being attacked by surprise.

Alarm and resentment spread throughout the camp. --Thomas Babington Macaulay.

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A mechanical device for awaking people, or rousing their attention.

The clockradio is a friendlier version of the cold alarm by the bedside.

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An instance of an alarum ringing or clanging, to give a noise signal at a certain time.

You should set the alarm on your watch to go off at seven o'clock.

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To call to arms for defense.
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To give (someone) notice of approaching danger.
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To rouse to vigilance and action; to put on the alert.
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To surprise with apprehension of danger; to fill with anxiety in regard to threatening evil; to excite with sudden fear.
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To keep in excitement; to disturb.
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Alarm is defined as a device or call announcing a warning or danger.

A smoker detector is an example of an alarm.

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Sudden fear or concern caused by the realization of danger or an impending setback.
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A warning of existing or approaching danger.

The committee's report issued an alarm about the dangerous condition of the town's buildings.

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Origin of alarm

  • Middle English from Old French alarme from Old Italian allarme from all'arme to arms alla to the (from Latin ad illa) (ad to ad–) (illa) (neuter pl. of ille that, the al-1 in Indo-European roots) arme arms (from Latin arma ar- in Indo-European roots)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From Middle English alarme, alarom, from Middle French alarme, itself from Old Italian all'arme! (“to arms!, to the weapons!”), ultimately from Latin arma (“arms, weapons”).
    From Wiktionary