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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

Work is a necessity for man. Man invented the alarm clock.
Pablo Picasso

There are more things to alarm us than to harm us, and we suffer more often in apprehension than reality.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Moving between the legs of tables and of chairs, rising or falling, grasping at kisses and toys, advancing boldly, sudden to take alarm, retreating to the corner of arm and knee, eager to be reassured, taking pleasure in the fragrant brilliance of the Christmas tree.
T. S. Eliot

The thing that alarms me is that there are so many clergymen who say that the so-called 'new morality' is all right. They say we're living in a new generation; let's be relevant, let's change God's law. Let's say that adultery is all right under certain circumstances; fornication's all right under certain circumstances. If it's 'meaningful.'
Billy Graham

I like Michael Moore, but I think of him more as a rabble-rouser. On his TV show, when he went to the home of the guy who invented the car alarm and set off all the car alarms on the block... pretty funny.
P. J. O'Rourke
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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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