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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

false′ alarm′(n.)

  1. a false report of a fire in progress to a fire department.

  2. something that excites unfounded alarm or expectation.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. false alarm(noun)

    a warning that is given about something that fails to occur

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. false alarm(noun)ɔls

    a warning of danger that is later shown to be unnecessary

    They thought there might be a tornado, but it was a false alarm.


  1. False alarm

    A false alarm, also called a nuisance alarm, is the deceptive or erroneous report of an emergency, causing unnecessary panic and/or bringing resources to a place where they are not needed. False alarms may occur with residential burglary alarms, smoke detectors, industrial alarms, and in signal detection theory. False alarms have the potential to divert emergency responders away from legitimate emergencies, which could ultimately lead to loss of life. In some cases, repeated false alarms in a certain area may cause occupants to start to ignore all alarms, knowing that each time it will probably be false. The concept of this can be traced at least as far back as Aesop's story of The Boy Who Cried Wolf, where many episodes of a boy falsely yelling "wolf" caused the townspeople to ignore his cries when a real wolf came.

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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

false alarm

a warning of something which in fact does not happen.

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