Definitions for alarməˈlɑrm

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•larməˈlɑrm(n.)

  1. a sudden fear or distressing suspense due to awareness of danger; apprehension; fright.

  2. any sound, outcry, or information intended to warn of approaching danger.

  3. an automatic device that serves to warn of danger, as fire or an intruder, to arouse someone from sleep, or to call attention to a particular thing.

  4. Ref: alarum.

  5. (v.t.)to make fearful or apprehensive; distress.

  6. to warn of danger; rouse to vigilance or protective action.

  7. to equip with an alarm or alarms, as in case of fire or robbery.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of alarm:

1350–1400; ME alarme, alarom < MF < It allarme, n. from phrase all'arme to (the) arms. See arm2

a•larm′ed•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. alarm, dismay, consternation(noun)

    fear resulting from the awareness of danger

  2. alarm, warning device, alarm system(noun)

    a device that signals the occurrence of some undesirable event

  3. alarm, alert, warning signal, alarum(noun)

    an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger

  4. alarm clock, alarm(verb)

    a clock that wakes a sleeper at some preset time

  5. dismay, alarm, appal, appall, horrify(verb)

    fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised

    "I was horrified at the thought of being late for my interview"; "The news of the executions horrified us"

  6. alarm, alert(verb)

    warn or arouse to a sense of danger or call to a state of preparedness

    "The empty house alarmed him"; "We alerted the new neighbors to the high rate of burglaries"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. alarm(noun)əˈlɑrm

    a device that wakes you up

    The alarm went off at 6:00 a.m.; Did you set the alarm?

  2. alarməˈlɑrm

    a device that warns you of smoke or fire

    a smoke/fire alarm

  3. alarməˈlɑrm

    a strong feeling of worry and panic

    "Where's my daughter?" she screamed in alarm.

  4. alarməˈlɑrm

    to warn people

    the first newspaper to raise the alarm about the problem

  5. alarm(verb)əˈlɑrm

    to cause great worry

    Falling share prices alarmed investors.

Wiktionary

  1. alarm(Noun)

    A summons to arms, as on the approach of an enemy.

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

  2. alarm(Noun)

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

  3. alarm(Noun)

    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.

  4. alarm(Noun)

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

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

  5. alarm(Noun)

    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.

  6. alarm(Verb)

    To call to arms for defense

  7. alarm(Verb)

    To give (someone) notice of approaching danger

  8. alarm(Verb)

    To rouse to vigilance and action; to put on the alert.

  9. alarm(Verb)

    To surprise with apprehension of danger; to fill with anxiety in regard to threatening evil; to excite with sudden fear.

  10. alarm(Verb)

    To keep in excitement; to disturb.

  11. Origin: From alarme, alarom, from alarme, itself from Old , ultimately from arma.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alarm(noun)

    a summons to arms, as on the approach of an enemy

  2. Alarm(noun)

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

  3. Alarm(noun)

    a sudden attack; disturbance; broil

  4. Alarm(noun)

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

  5. Alarm(noun)

    a mechanical contrivance for awaking persons from sleep, or rousing their attention; an alarum

  6. Alarm(verb)

    to call to arms for defense; to give notice to (any one) of approaching danger; to rouse to vigilance and action; to put on the alert

  7. Alarm(verb)

    to keep in excitement; to disturb

  8. Alarm(verb)

    to surprise with apprehension of danger; to fill with anxiety in regard to threatening evil; to excite with sudden fear

Freebase

  1. Alarm device

    An alarm device or system of alarm devices gives an audible, visual or other form of alarm signal about a problem or condition. Alarm devices are often outfitted with a siren. Alarm devices include: burglar alarms, designed to warn of burglaries; this is often a silent alarm: the police or guards are warned without indication to the burglar, which increases the chances of catching him or her. alarm clocks can produce an alarm at a given time distributed control systems, found in nuclear power plants, refineries and chemical facilities also generate alarms to direct the operator's attention to an important event that he or she needs to address. alarms in an operation and maintenance monitoring system, which informs the bad working state of the system under monitoring. first-out alarm safety alarms, which go off if a dangerous condition occurs. Common public safety alarms include: civil defense siren also known as tornado sirens or air raid sirens fire alarm systems fire alarm notification appliance "Multiple-alarm fire", a locally-specific measure of the severity of a fire and the fire-department reaction required. smoke detector car alarms

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'alarm' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4539

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'alarm' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3148

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'alarm' in Nouns Frequency: #1591


Translations for alarm

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

alarm(noun)

sudden fear

We did not share her alarm at the suggestion.

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