verb (used with object)
- alar cartilage,
- alar spine,
- alarm clock,
- alarm reaction,
Origin of alarm
Examples from the Web for alarm
Truth be told, there is no one better at capturing the agony and alarm of a woman in the throes of a nervous breakdown than Moore.
If the idea of a religious vigilante ambushing sex workers in his spare time sets off alarm bells, it probably should.To Catch a Sex Worker: A&E’s Awful, Exploitative Ambush Show|Samantha Allen|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Brown was still sounding the alarm about one particular firm, Booz Allen Hamilton, when he was arrested on September 12, 2012.Sentencing Looms for Barrett Brown, Advocate for “Anonymous”|Kevin M. Gallagher|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
To turn it down, would have set off alarm bells to her family.Don Lemon and the Rest of Society Don’t Understand How Rape Works|Emily Shire|November 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But that the CNN-John King blunder even happened is a cause for alarm.‘Newsroom’ Premiere: Aaron Sorkin Puts CNN on Blast Over the Boston Bombing|Kevin Fallon|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Frontenac defines his position and raises a note of alarm in his very first despatch to the minister for the colonies.Count Frontenac|William Dawson LeSueur
Henri accompanied me thither, and that, while they remained there, nothing happened to excite any alarm.The Mysteries of Udolpho|Ann Radcliffe
"You must tell them," she said suddenly, with a return of her alarm.Second String|Anthony Hope
The alarm was given, and the French, led by Joan, came out of the city and ranged themselves in front of their enemies.
This he performed on the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th of November, and continued still on the coast in order to alarm and distress the enemy.Fifty-two Stories of the British Navy, from Damme to Trafalgar.|Alfred H. Miles
- the device in an alarm clock that triggers off the bell or buzzer
- short for alarm clock
Word Origin for alarm
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).
see false alarm.