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Princeton's WordNet

  1. false alarm(noun)

    a warning that is given about something that fails to occur


  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.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of false alarm in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of false alarm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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