Associations to the word «Alarm»


ALARM, noun. A summons to arms, as on the approach of an enemy.
ALARM, noun. Any sound or information intended to give notice of approaching danger; a warning sound to arouse attention; a warning of danger.
ALARM, noun. A sudden attack; disturbance.
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, noun. A mechanical device for awaking people, or rousing their attention.
ALARM, noun. An instance of an alarum ringing or clanging, to give a noise signal at a certain time.
ALARM, verb. (transitive) To call to arms for defense
ALARM, verb. (transitive) To give (someone) notice of approaching danger
ALARM, verb. (transitive) To rouse to vigilance and action; to put on the alert.
ALARM, verb. (transitive) To surprise with apprehension of danger; to fill with anxiety in regard to threatening evil; to excite with sudden fear.
ALARM, verb. (transitive) To keep in excitement; to disturb.
ALARM BELL, noun. Used other than as an idiom: see alarm,‎ bell.
ALARM BELL, noun. (figuratively) (usually in plural) A sudden awareness of danger.
ALARM CLOCK, noun. A clock with an alarm that can be set to sound at a determined time.
ALARM CLOCKS, noun. Plural of alarm clock
ALARM GAUGE, noun. A device attached to a steam boiler to indicate excessive steam pressure or insufficient water.
ALARM GAUGES, noun. Plural of alarm gauge
ALARM SUBSTANCE, noun. (zoology) chemical given off from the skin of a fish after injury that warns nearby fish of danger.
ALARM SUBSTANCES, noun. Plural of alarm substance
ALARM SYSTEM, noun. A burglar alarm.
ALARM SYSTEMS, noun. Plural of alarm system

Dictionary definition

ALARM, noun. Fear resulting from the awareness of danger.
ALARM, noun. A device that signals the occurrence of some undesirable event.
ALARM, noun. An automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger.
ALARM, noun. A clock that wakes a sleeper at some preset time.
ALARM, 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".
ALARM, 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".

Wise words

Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
Nathaniel Hawthorne