Alarm

Definition of Alarm

A`larm´   Pronunciation: å`lärm´
n.1.A summons to arms, as on the approach of an enemy.
Arming to answer in a night alarm.
- Shak.
2.Any sound or information intended to give notice of approaching danger; a warning sound to arouse attention; a warning of danger.
Sound an alarm in my holy mountain.
- Joel ii. 1.
3.A sudden attack; disturbance; broil.
Thy palace fill with insults and alarms.
- Pope.
4.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.
- Macaulay.
5.A mechanical contrivance for awaking persons from sleep, or rousing their attention; an alarum.
Alarm bell
a bell that gives notice on danger.
Alarm clock
a clock or watch which can be so set as to ring or strike loudly at a prearranged hour, to wake from sleep, or excite attention.
Alarm gauge
a contrivance attached to a steam boiler for showing when the pressure of steam is too high, or the water in the boiler too low.
Alarm post
a place to which troops are to repair in case of an alarm.
v. t.1.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.
[imp. & p. p. Alarmed ( ); p. pr. & vb. n. Alarming.]
2.To keep in excitement; to disturb.
3.To surprise with apprehension of danger; to fill with anxiety in regard to threatening evil; to excite with sudden fear.
Alarmed by rumors of military preparation.
- Macaulay.

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