Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of ALARM

Pronunciation:  u'lârm

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a device that signals the occurrence of some undesirable event
  2. [n]  a clock that wakes sleeper at preset time
  3. [n]  an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger
  4. [n]  fear resulting from the awareness of danger
  5. [v]  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"
  6. [v]  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 is a 5 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: alarm clock, alarm system, alarum, alert, alert, appal, appall, consternation, dismay, dismay, horrify, warning device, warning signal
 See Also: affright, alarm bell, automobile horn, burglar alarm, burglar alarm, car horn, clock, device, fear, fearfulness, fire alarm, fire alarm, foghorn, fogsignal, fright, fright, frighten, hooter, horn, horn, motor horn, red flag, scare, shock, sign, signal, signaling, siren, siren, smoke alarm, tocsin, wake, warn



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \A*larm"\ ([.a]*l[aum]rm"), n. [F. alarme, It. all' arme
    to arms ! fr. L. arma, pl., arms. See {Arms}, and cf.
    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. [R.] ``These home
       alarms.'' --Shak.
             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.
    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} or {watch}, 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.
    Syn: Fright; affright; terror; trepidation; apprehension;
         consternation; dismay; agitation; disquiet; disquietude.
    Usage: {Alarm}, {Fright}, {Terror}, {Consternation}. These
           words express different degrees of fear at the
           approach of danger. Fright is fear suddenly excited,
           producing confusion of the senses, and hence it is
           unreflecting. Alarm is the hurried agitation of
           feeling which springs from a sense of immediate and
           extreme exposure. Terror is agitating and excessive
           fear, which usually benumbs the faculties.
           Consternation is overwhelming fear, and carries a
           notion of powerlessness and amazement. Alarm agitates
           the feelings; terror disorders the understanding and
           affects the will; fright seizes on and confuses the
           sense; consternation takes possession of the soul, and
           subdues its faculties. See {Apprehension}.
  2. \A*larm"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Alarmed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    {Alarming}.] [Alarm, n. Cf. F. alarmer.]
    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.
    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.
Easton Bible Dictionary

a particular quivering sound of the silver trumpets to give warning to the Hebrews on their journey through the wilderness (Num. 10:5, 6), a call to arms, or a war-note (Jer. 4:19; 49:2; Zeph. 1:16).

Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: abject fear, admonishment, admonition, affright, aid to navigation, alarum, alert, amaze, amber light, Angelus, Angelus bell, anxiety, apprehension, arouse, astonish, awe, balefire, battle cry, beacon, beacon fire, bell, bell buoy, birdcall, blinker, blue funk, blue peter, bugle call, buoy, call, caution, caution light, caveat, cold feet, consternation, cowardice, cry havoc, cry wolf, curdle the blood, daunt, deterrent example, discomfort, dismay, disquiet, distress, disturb, dread, example, excitement, fear, final notice, final warning, flare, fly storm warnings, fog bell, fog signal, fog whistle, foghorn, forewarning, fright, frighten, funk, glance, go light, gong, gong buoy, green light, heliograph, high sign, hint, horn, horrification, horripilate, horror, international alphabet flag, international numeral pennant, kick, last post, leer, lesson, make one tremble, marker beacon, monition, moose call, moral, nervousness, nod, notice, notification, nudge, object lesson, panic, panic fear, parachute flare, phobia, pilot flag, poke, police whistle, prenotice, quarantine flag, radio beacon, raise apprehensions, rallying cry, rebel yell, red flag, red light, reveille, rocket, Roman candle, sailing aid, scare, semaphore, semaphore flag, semaphore telegraph, shake, sign, signal, signal beacon, signal bell, signal fire, signal flag, signal gong, signal gun, signal lamp, signal light, signal mast, signal post, signal rocket, signal shot, signal siren, signal tower, siren, sound the alarm, sound the tocsin, spar buoy, spook, stagger, stampede, startle, stop light, strain, stress, summons, surprise, taps, tension, terrify, terror, terrorize, the nod, the wink, threat, tip-off, tocsin, touch, traffic light, traffic signal, trepidation, trumpet call, ultimatum, uneasiness, unholy dread, unman, unnerve, unstring, upset, verbum sapienti, war cry, warn, warning, warning piece, watch fire, whistle, white flag, wigwag, wigwag flag, wink, yellow flag