alarm alarm  /ə ˈlɑrm/


  1. (n) fear resulting from the awareness of danger
  2. (n) a device that signals the occurrence of some undesirable event
  3. (n) an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger
  4. (n) a clock that wakes a sleeper at some preset time
  5. (v) fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised
  6. (v) warn or arouse to a sense of danger or call to a state of preparedness


  1. When I asked if these alarms meant chemicals had been detected, I was told that the chemical alarms had malfunctioned.
  2. When Selective Service announced last February that it would no longer defer most graduate students, academe responded with alarm.
  3. Having perused well the chronicle of the week, the Vigilant Patriot views with alarm: A Chicago Tribune recipe for killing children.


  1. Alarm monitoring costs to rise

    Indian Hill residents will pay more to participate in an alarm-monitoring program linking homes to the police department as the village makes upgrades that include replacing radio equipment based on 1970s technology.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: The Cincinnati Enquirer

  2. 2-alarm fire breaks out at Whitehaven apartment complex

    A two-alarm fire that raged Thursday morning in Whitehaven is now under control, according to the Memphis Fire Department.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Memphis Commercial Appeal

  3. Alarm not raised with pot smokers, police say

    A burglar alarm at a Treadwell Street home led police to two men they say were inside the residence toking away on marijuana.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: The Times and Democrat


  1. "When others were silent, John McCain had the judgment to sound the alarm about the mistakes we were making in Iraq," said Lieberman, lauding McCain for being an early advocate of the troop surge. "When others wanted to retreat in defeat from...
    on Sep 2, 2008 By: Joe Lieberman Source: AFP

  2. "Thankfully the alarm sounded on the radio and gave people time to climb to higher ground. But not everyone escaped," said Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, adding that two children en route to hospital were swept away.
    on Oct 1, 2009 By: Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi Source: New Zealand Herald

  3. "The alarm bells on our nation's fiscal condition have now become a siren," Senate Republican minority leader Mitch McConnell said. "If anyone has any doubts that this burden on future generations is unsustainable, they're gone."
    on Aug 25, 2009 By: Mitch McConnell Source: Christian Science Monitor

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