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Definition of Alarm


  1. A summons to arms, as on the approach of an enemy.
  2. Any sound or information intended to give notice of approaching danger; a warning sound to arouse attention; a warning of danger.
  3. A sudden attack; disturbance; broil.
  4. Sudden surprise with fear or terror excited by apprehension of danger; in the military use, commonly, sudden apprehension of being attacked by surprise.
  5. A mechanical contrivance for awaking persons from sleep, or rousing their attention; an alarum.
  6. 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.
  7. To keep in excitement; to disturb.
  8. To surprise with apprehension of danger; to fill with anxiety in regard to threatening evil; to excite with sudden fear.

Alarm Quotations

Morning comes whether you set the alarm or not.
Ursula K. Le Guin

Ants are so much like human beings as to be an embarrassment. They farm fungi, raise aphids as livestock, launch armies into war, use chemical sprays to alarm and confuse enemies, capture slaves, engage in child labour, exchange information ceaselessly. They do everything but watch television.
Lewis Thomas

Courtship consists in a number of quiet attentions, not so pointed as to alarm, nor so vague as not to be understood.
Laurence Sterne

I was a terrible student. Still, I managed to get into college, but my daydreaming threatened to sabotage me. I used behavior modification to break the cycle. I started by setting an arbitrary time limit on studying: for every 15 minutes of study, I'd allow myself an hour of daydreaming. I set the alarm.
Sandra Cisneros

I don't have an alarm clock. If someone needs to wake me up, then I have my BlackBerry next to me.
Mark Zuckerberg
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Alarm Translations

alarm in Danish is alarm
alarm in Dutch is alarmeren, aanslaan, alarm slaan
alarm in French is alarmez, alarment, alarme, alarmer, alarmons
alarm in German is beunruhigen, Alarm, alarmieren, Sorge, Alarm {m}
alarm in Italian is allarme, alarmo
alarm in Latin is concutio
alarm in Portuguese is alarme
alarm in Spanish is alarma
alarm in Swedish is oroa, larm, alarm
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