- alarm clock,
- alarm reaction,
- alarums and excursions,
Origin of alarming
verb (used with object)
Origin of alarm
Examples from the Web for alarming
Yesterday morning, my in-box was stuffed to the gunwales with alarming messages alerting me to…to what?
As alarming as parents might find those results, Dr. Temple cautions against jumping to any drastic conclusions.
Any time there is a new outbreak of infectious disease, it can be alarming.
I glimpse an alarming, finger-length aluminum baton in her bag.Best Career Arc Ever: From Burlesque To Bartending|Anne Berry|September 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
All of this Ebola activity raises a number of questions, each of them alarming.
It was for the moment an alarming, and yet a faintly fascinating experience.The Return|Walter de la Mare
To the first adventurer we may suppose that it would present itself with alarming force.
I can not take upon me to say that Arthur Campbell's beautiful pinions had touched the dangerous flame with any alarming results.The Doctor's Daughter|"Vera"
Alarm no sun, alarm is thinking, alarming is determination an earth wide moth is something.Geography and Plays|Gertrude Stein
Roy was smiling, as if the narrative told did not seem so alarming to him.The Man of the Forest|Zane Grey
- 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.