a sudden fear or distressing suspense caused by an awareness of danger; apprehension; fright.
any sound, outcry, or information intended to warn of approaching danger:
Paul Revere raced through the countryside raising the alarm that the British were coming.
an automatic device that serves to call attention, to rouse from sleep, or to warn of fire, smoke, an intruder, etc.
a warning sound; signal for attention.
Animal Behavior. any sound, outcry, chemical discharge, action, or other signal that functions to draw attention to a potential predator.
Fencing. an appeal or a challenge made by a step or stamp on the ground with the advancing foot.
Archaic. a call to arms.
to make fearful or apprehensive; distress.
to warn of danger; rouse to vigilance and swift measures for safety.
to fit or equip with an alarm or alarms, as for fire, smoke, or robbery:
to alarm one’s house and garage.
With Athens recently alarmed by a half-dozen cases of West Nile virus, the attempt at humor went mostly unappreciated.
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Being Politically Correct Michael Medved July 30, 2012
“We should not be surprised by or alarmed at the fact that the Loya Jirga is going to examine this agreement,” he said.
Gen. John Allen Praises the Terms of New U.S.-Afghanistan Agreement Daniel Klaidman November 20, 2013
alarmed by the crying, my husband came down from his office.
A Mother-Son Book Bake-Off Hyatt Bass June 24, 2009
Still, friends of the crew were alarmed that they possibly took their delinquency to such bizarre extremes.
The Kids Who Robbed Hollywood Nicole LaPorte October 25, 2009
But the Anti-Defamation League, which no one can accuse of ignoring anti-Semitism, has been less than alarmed.
The Right’s Failed Protest Smear Michelle Goldberg October 25, 2011
“The captain and Mr Briscoe think there is nothing to be alarmed about,” was the reply.
Old Gold George Manville Fenn
But Proserpina was so alarmed, that she wished for nothing but to get out of his reach.
Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
But young Ibsen was not a favorite even with the girls, whom he alarmed and disconcerted.
Henrik Ibsen Edmund Gosse
I will not—Heaven forbid that I should alarm you as I have been alarmed!
Tales And Novels, Volume 5 (of 10) Maria Edgeworth
His servant was alarmed by startling screams, entered his room, and found his master in fearful convulsions.
A Love Story A Bushman
to fill with apprehension, anxiety, or fear
to warn about danger; alert
to fit or activate a burglar alarm on a house, car, etc
fear or terror aroused by awareness of danger; fright
apprehension or uneasiness: the idea of failing filled him with alarm
a noise, signal, etc, warning of danger
any device that transmits such a warning: a burglar alarm
the device in an alarm clock that triggers off the bell or buzzer
short for alarm clock
(archaic) a call to arms
(fencing) a warning or challenge made by stamping the front foot
“disturbed by prospects of peril,” 1640s, past participle adjective from alarm (v.).
early 14c., from Old French alarme (14c.), from Italian all’arme “to arms!” (literally “to the arms”). An interjection that came to be used as the word for the call or warning (cf. alert). Extended 16c. to “any sound to warn of danger or to arouse.” Weakened sense of “apprehension, unease” is from 1833. Variant alarum is due to the rolling -r- in the vocalized form. Sometimes in early years anglicized as all-arm. Alarm clock is attested from 1690s (as A Larum clock).
1580s, from alarm (n.). Related: Alarmed; alarming.
air-launched antiradiation missile
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).
see: false alarm
causing or fear: an alarming case of pneumonia; an alarming lack of respect. a sudden fear or distressing suspense caused by an awareness of danger; apprehension; fright. any sound, outcry, or information intended to warn of approaching danger: Paul Revere raced through the countryside raising the alarm that the British were coming. an automatic device […]
causing or fear: an alarming case of pneumonia; an alarming lack of respect. Contemporary Examples The experience put her in a mental hospital, where, alarmingly, she asked her visiting father to beat her. Year of the Short Story Taylor Antrim March 24, 2009 There are now about 1,000 tanks at the plant, but water continues […]
a person who tends to raise , especially without sufficient reason, as by exaggerating dangers or prophesying calamities. of or like an alarmist. Contemporary Examples His 2008 campaign left the alarmist congressman with a fanatical following, a national organization, and clout. Ron Paul’s 2012 Presidential Dilemma Patricia Murphy April 3, 2011 Brzezinski is by no […]
. Historical Examples Their guide, light-eyed for scares, seemed to know them all, and reserved his alarum for signs in the sky invisible to the party. Love and Lucy Maurice Henry Hewlett There he kept it with his breath subdued, and the alarum severely quelled. Doom Castle Neil Munro The seven o’clock alarum woke him […]