What does alarm mean?

Definitions for alarm
əˈlɑrmalarm

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. alarmnoun

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

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

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

  2. alarmnoun

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

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

  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.

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

  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

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

  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.

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

  6. alarmverb

    To call to arms for defense

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

  7. alarmverb

    To give (someone) notice of approaching danger

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

  8. alarmverb

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

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

  9. alarmverb

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

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

  10. alarmverb

    To keep in excitement; to disturb.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Alarmnoun

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

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

  2. Alarmnoun

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

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

  3. Alarmnoun

    a sudden attack; disturbance; broil

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

  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

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

  5. Alarmnoun

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

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

  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

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

  7. Alarmverb

    to keep in excitement; to disturb

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

  8. Alarmverb

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

    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, Marla, marla, ramal

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Numerology

  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. Louis Portella Mbuyu:

    The bombings have provoked alarm as well as forced and precipitous displacement of the population, again this Wednesday, there were some bombings not far from Kinkala, in the village of Soumouna.

  2. Zach Harting:

    I could n’t sleep last night, woke up before my alarm, heart pounding out of my chest, crazy adrenaline, i wanted to puke all through warm-up, still kind of want to do that. I do n’t think I really handled it well, but I knew I was going to win so that kind of gave me a little bit of peace.

  3. Shmuley Boteach:

    He is the face of the murdered 6 million (Jews killed in the Holocaust). So I think that his view on the prime minister's speech sounding the alarm as to the Iranian nuclear program carries a unique authority that transcends some of the political circus that has affected the speech.

  4. Tom Burke:

    You've got the politicians being squeezed by the science, which is confirming a sense of alarm and fear, you've got the science now in the public mind, you've got capital markets saying this is beginning to really threaten the future value of our investments. So you've got enormous pressure building up on the politicians.

  5. Charles Krauthammer:

    They want the deal. They want to say, look what we've accomplished - we've stretched the breakdown from two months to a year, and also to generate alarm, to say, we have to do this, because the Iranians are so close to acquiring a bomb.

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