What does alarm mean?

Definitions for alarm
əˈlɑrmalarm

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

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"

Wiktionary

  1. alarm(Noun)

    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. alarm(Noun)

    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. 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.

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

  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

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

  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.

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

  6. alarm(Verb)

    To call to arms for defense

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

  7. alarm(Verb)

    To give (someone) notice of approaching danger

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

  8. alarm(Verb)

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

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

  9. alarm(Verb)

    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. alarm(Verb)

    To keep in excitement; to disturb.

    Etymology: 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

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

  2. Alarm(noun)

    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. Alarm(noun)

    a sudden attack; disturbance; broil

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

  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

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

  5. Alarm(noun)

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

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

  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

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

  7. Alarm(verb)

    to keep in excitement; to disturb

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

  8. Alarm(verb)

    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

How to pronounce alarm?

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How to say alarm in sign language?

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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. Tom Carter:

    We have everything from consumer electronics companies making things like speakers, radios, alarm clocks, through home appliance companies making cooker hoods, washing machines, to virtual reality in gaming companies. And we were very surprised at how keen the automotive industry is to work with us, i'd like to believe that the first product featuring our technology will be on the shelves in a year, that's our aim.

  2. Ronnie Rickner:

    Death is much like an alarm clock except there is never a snooze button to give you just a moment more, before you really have to wake.

  3. Author Unknown:

    Many of us have heard opportunity knocking at our door, but by the time we unhooked the chain, pushed back the bolt, turned two locks, and shuts off the burglar alarm - it was gone.

  4. Conseuquel:

    Who would have known? I was walking in a mall and between the crowd of shoppers shoving around and wandering about their business my eyes meet a familiar face. A face I haven't seen in years. Our gazes meet. We stare for mere seconds before the both of us look away pretending one hadn't seen the other and we quickly disappear into our now separate lives. But when I went home, I still had the Best Friends necklace you gave me in Elementary and the Senior ring we had in high school , stuffed in some drawer beneath clothes and books gathering dust as the years rolled by. I still have that photo album that starts with our picture as little girls dressing up as princesses to the day we held certificates with our gowns on. All through that journey we had been hand in hand from our first day of school to our first fight to prom night. From skipping class to plotting against teachers to every crush we had. Every exam we failed and every rule we broke. The times we sat together in detention and the times we never bothered showing up. All the hard times we pushed through and all the success we celebrated. Every fire alarm, birthday candle and breakup. We've been with each other through all and more until the day college split us apart. Your texts became shorter and your calls became rare. And I wonder how brutal graduation was for ripping us apart like that. Yesterday inseparable sisters, today a stranger.

  5. Lorie Dankers:

    I can say that TSA has advised in the past that if people bring several of the same type of item, it can alarm the checked baggage screening, but there is no prohibition on bringing things that are not a security threat.

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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