What does Alarm mean?

Definitions for Alarm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. alarm, dismay, consternationnoun

    fear resulting from the awareness of danger

  2. alarm, warning device, alarm systemnoun

    a device that signals the occurrence of some undesirable event

  3. alarm, alert, warning signal, alarumnoun

    an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger

  4. alarm clock, alarmverb

    a clock that wakes a sleeper at some preset time

  5. dismay, alarm, appal, appall, horrifyverb

    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, alertverb

    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"


  1. alarmnoun

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

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

  2. alarmnoun

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

  3. alarmnoun

    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. alarmnoun

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

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

  5. alarmnoun

    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. alarmverb

    To call to arms for defense

  7. alarmverb

    To give (someone) notice of approaching danger

  8. alarmverb

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

  9. alarmverb

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

  10. alarmverb

    To keep in excitement; to disturb.

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. ALARMnoun

    Etymology: from the French, à l'arme, to arms; as, crier à l'arme, to call to arms.

    When the congregation is to be gathered together, you shall blow, but you shall not sound an alarm. Numbers, x. 7.

    Behold, God himself is with us for our captain, and his priests with sounding trumpets, to cry alarms against you. 2 Chron. xiii. 12.

    The trumpets loud clangour
    Excites us to arms,
    With shrill notes of anger,
    And mortal alarms. John Dryden, Cæcilia.

    Taught by this stroke, renounce the wars alarms,
    And learn to tremble at the name of arms. Alexander Pope, Iliad.

    Is it then true, as distant rumours run,
    That crowds of rivals, for thy mothers charms,
    Thy palace fill with insults and alarms. Alexander Pope, Odyss. b. iii.

  2. To Alarmverb

    Etymology: from alarm, the noun.

    The wasp the hive alarms
    With louder hums, and with unequal arms. Addison.

    When rage misguides me, or when fear alarms,
    When pain distresses, or when pleasure charms. Thomas Tickell, on Add.

    His son, Cupavo, brush’d the briny flood;
    Upon his stern a brawny Centaur stood,
    Who heav’d a rock, and threat’ning still to throw,
    With lifted hands alarm’d the seas below. John Dryden, Æneid.


  1. ALARM

    ALARM (Air Launched Anti-Radiation Missile) is a British anti-radiation missile designed primarily to destroy enemy radars for the purpose of Suppression of Enemy Air Defenses (SEAD). It was used by the RAF and is still used by the Royal Saudi Air Force. The weapon was retired by the UK at the end of 2013.


  1. alarm

    An alarm is a device or system that gives a signal, such as a loud noise or flashing light, as a warning or alert to a certain danger, threat or another predetermined condition. It can also refer to a feeling of fear or concern caused by the expectation or realization of danger.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alarmnoun

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

  2. Alarmnoun

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

  3. Alarmnoun

    a sudden attack; disturbance; broil

  4. Alarmnoun

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

  5. Alarmnoun

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

  6. Alarmverb

    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. Alarmverb

    to keep in excitement; to disturb

  8. Alarmverb

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

  9. Etymology: [Alarm, n. Cf. F. alarmer.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Alarm

    a-lärm′, n. notice of danger: sudden surprise with fear: a mechanical contrivance to arouse from sleep: a call to arms.—v.t. to call to arms: to give notice of danger: to fill with dread.—adv. Alarm′ingly.—n. Alarm′ist, one who excites alarm: one given to prophesy danger.—adj. alarming. [Fr. alarme—It. all' arme, to arms—L. ad, to, arma, arms.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. alarm

    [from the Italian all'armi!] An apprehension from sudden noise or report. The drum or signal by which men are summoned to stand on their guard in time of danger.--False alarm is sometimes occasioned by a timid or negligent sentry, and at others designedly by an officer, to ascertain the promptness of his men. Sometimes false alarms are given by the enemy to harass the adversary. Old Rider defines alarm as a "watch-word shewing the neernesse of the enemies."

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. alarm

    A sudden apprehension of being attacked by surprise, or the notice of such attack being actually made. It is generally signified by the discharge of fire-arms, the beat of a drum, etc.

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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

Anagrams for Alarm »

  1. malar

  2. Marla

  3. marla

  4. ramal

  5. maral

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Alarm in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Alarm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Alarm in a Sentence

  1. Werner Vogels:

    If you (change) the configuration on your bucket to world-readable, you will get lots of alarm bells going off, it's up to the individual customer to decide what's right and what's wrong.

  2. Hansa Bhargava:

    Could they fall down the stairs? Sure, it can be very dangerous. It's also good to be sure the house and windows are locked, and the alarm is on. And take precautions so they don't trip over clutter. Those things can happen, and it's good to be mindful of that.

  3. Glen Casada:

    I'm just sounding the alarm. And I didn't know what else to do, they're going to sneak into our country and they're going to attack us.

  4. John Katko:

    Homeland Security Republicans have sounded the alarm on the humanitarian crisis directlyresulting from President Biden’s reckless policies, which have incentivized families and young children to make the dangerous journey to the U.S.-Mexico border, the continued silence from Democrats on this humanitarian crisis is deafening. Democrats should be acting to address the devastation at the border. Republicans are ready with a plan to secure the border, address the pull factors created by the Biden administration, and end this humanitarian crisis on day one of a Republican majority.The American people have had enough and Homeland Republicans are prepared to address the raging fire at our Southwest border.

  5. Philippine Defense Minister Voltaire Gazmin:

    The US expressed alarm on unilateral activities that are inconsistent with international law, unilateral actions escalate tensions which may lead to actual conflict. Actions that could lead to accidents and untoward incidents due to miscalculations should be avoided.

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