a false report of a fire in progress to a fire department.
something that excites unfounded alarm or expectation:
Rumors of an impending transit strike proved to be a false alarm.
a needless alarm given in error or with intent to deceive
an occasion on which danger is perceived but fails to materialize
A warning signal that is groundless, made either by mistake or as a deliberate deception. For example, The rumor that we were all going to get fired was just a false alarm, or Setting off a false alarm is a criminal offense. This expression, first recorded in 1579, today is often used for a report of a nonexistent fire.
noun 1. any of several plants of the genus Manfreda, especially M. virginica, of the southeastern U.S., having spikes of fragrant, greenish-yellow flowers.
- False anemia
false anemia n. See pseudoanemia.
- False aneurysm
false aneurysm n.
- False ankylosis
noun 1. a nontechnical name for pseudoarthrosis false ankylosis n. See fibrous ankylosis.