What does alarm mean?

Definitions for alarm
əˈlɑrmalarm

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word alarm.

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.

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"

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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  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. Hillary Clinton:

    (It) should alarm us all.

  2. Claire Crawford:

    I woke up to one of the ladies who had been giving me mouth-to-mouth. And the AED machine was shouting, ‘CPR! CPR!’ and the alarm was going off.

  3. Christine Lagarde:

    Let me be clear: we are on alert, not alarm. There has been a loss of growth momentum, however, if policymakers can confront the challenges and act together, the positive effects on global confidence - and the global economy - will be substantial.

  4. David Andrew Weinberg:

    The sectarian element of this conflict is very significant … the Saudis have not shown themselves to be particularly concerned with power struggles between one faction or another in Yemen over the years, but when they see another Middle Eastern capital falling to Iranian, Shiite proxies, they have alarm bells going off.

  5. Carl Sciortino:

    The sheer volume of searches shows how much interest there is, but it's also an alarm bell, there is a lack of information or general awareness.

Images & Illustrations of alarm

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Translations for alarm

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  • إنذارArabic
  • трывогаBelarusian
  • аларма, будилник, разтревожвам, тревогаBulgarian
  • alarmar, alarma, despertadorCatalan, Valencian
  • Alarm, Alarmsignal, Alarmstimmung, alarmieren, WeckerGerman
  • alarma, despertadorSpanish
  • زنگ خطرPersian
  • pelästyttää, hälytys, hälyttää, huolestuttaa, pelästyminen, herätyskelloFinnish
  • alarme, réveille-matin, réveilFrench
  • rabhadh, clisgeadhScottish Gaelic
  • riadó, riadalom, fegyverbe, ijedtség, ébresztőHungarian
  • զարթուցիչArmenian
  • 警報Japanese
  • 경보, 警報Korean
  • alarmeren, verontrusten, alarm, alarmsignaal, alarmklok, wekker, alarm slaan, beangstigen, alarmkreet, alarmstemmingDutch
  • alarmPolish
  • alarme, despertadorPortuguese
  • тревога, смятение, страх, будильник, сигнализация, испуг, опасение, сигнал тревогиRussian
  • аларм, alarmSerbo-Croatian
  • väckarklockaSwedish
  • тривогаUkrainian
  • báo độngVietnamese

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