Alarm clock



a clock with a bell or buzzer that can be set to sound at a particular time, as to awaken someone.
Contemporary Examples

It was then that Shulevitz says she noticed an alarm clock on a counter.
Women Describe How Top D.C. Rabbi Allegedly Spied on Them in the Nude Steven I. Weiss October 21, 2014

In essence, Dream:ON is an alarm clock app with smart features.
New Study Shows Dream App Helps People Craft Dreams and Wake Up Happier Mihir Patkar April 5, 2014

I thought it was a little bit weird to have an alarm clock in the mikvah.
Women Describe How Top D.C. Rabbi Allegedly Spied on Them in the Nude Steven I. Weiss October 21, 2014

How can you make it to class on time when you have no electricity and no alarm clock?
Filming a Beautiful Town in Decay: ‘Rich Hill’ and the Elusive American Dream Tracy Droz Tragos July 26, 2014

Later, he describes himself as “a sleepwalker—who turns off the alarm clock.”
Gabrielle Giffords’ Gunman: Jared Lee Loughner Eve Conant January 7, 2011

Historical Examples

So I advised Coonskin to set the alarm clock, just purchased, for ten a. m.
On a Donkey’s Hurricane Deck R. Pitcher Woodward

Roger was wakened the next morning by the alarm clock in the dining room.
The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie

I usually wake up a few minutes before it is time to get up, and simply use the alarm clock to confirm my suspicions.
In Pastures Green Peter McArthur

Sunny Boy told Jimmie about the alarm clock, and he laughed.
Sunny Boy in the Country Ramy Allison White

Besides, a servant wants an alarm clock to get her up in the morning.
Once a Week Alan Alexander Milne

noun
a clock with a mechanism that sounds at a set time: used esp for waking a person up

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