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Alarm appears in the following tongue twister:

  • Come, come,
    Stay calm, stay calm,
    No need for alarm,
    It only hums,
    It doesn't harm.

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun alarm:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb alarm:


The word alarm is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun alarm

What does alarm mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: alarms

  1. fear resulting from the awareness of danger
  2. a device that signals the occurrence of some undesirable event
  3. an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of alarm: alarum / alert / warning signal
    • more generic words: sign / signal / signaling = any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message
    • more specific terms:
      • torpedo = a small explosive device that is placed on a railroad track and fires when a train runs over it
      • air alert = the warning signal that begins a period of preparation for an enemy air attack
      • burglar alarm = a loud warning signal produced by a burglar alarm
      • fire alarm = a shout or bell to warn that fire has broken out
      • fogsignal / foghorn = a loud low warning signal that can be heard by fogbound ships
      • horn = a noise made by the driver of an automobile to give warning
      • red flag = a flag that serves as a warning signal
      • siren = a warning signal that is a loud wailing sound
      • alarm bell / tocsin = the sound of an alarm
  4. a clock that wakes a sleeper at some preset time
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of alarm: alarm clock
    • more generic word: clock = a timepiece that shows the time of day

Alternative definition of the noun alarm


  1. A summons to arms, as on the approach of an enemy.
  2. Any sound or information intended to give notice of approaching danger; a warning sound to arouse attention; a warning of danger.
  3. Sudden surprise with fear or terror excited by apprehension of danger; in the military use, commonly, sudden apprehension of being attacked by surprise.
  4. A mechanical device for awaking people, or rousing their attention.
  5. An instance of an alarum ringing or clanging, to give a noise signal at a certain time.

Definition of the verb alarm

What does alarm mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: alarmed | alarming | alarms

  1. fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised
  2. warn or arouse to a sense of danger or call to a state of preparedness
    • example: The empty house alarmed him
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • synonym of alarm: alert
    • more generic word: warn = notify of danger, potential harm, or risk
    • more specific word: wake = make aware of

Alternative definition of the verb alarm


  1. To call to arms for defense
  2. To give (someone) notice of approaching danger
  3. To rouse to vigilance and action; to put on the alert.
  4. To surprise with apprehension of danger; to fill with anxiety in regard to threatening evil; to excite with sudden fear.
  5. To keep in excitement; to disturb.


Alarm a.k.a. The Alarm are an alternative rock/new wave band that formed in Rhyl, North Wales, in 1981. Initially formed as a punk band "The Toilets" under lead singer Mike Peters the band soon embraced rock, displaying marked influences from Welsh language and culture. By opening for acts such as U2 and Bob Dylan, they became a popular alternative rock band of the 1980s, retaining a loyal following to the present day.


  1. "Alarm" is Namie Amuro's 25th solo single under the Avex Trax label. Released in 2004, it became Namie's first solo single, and only as of 2010, to appear out of the Top 10 on the Oricon Charts.
  2. "Alarm" a.k.a. "Uzbuna!" is the nineteenth studio album from Serbian rock band Riblja Čorba, released in 2012.
    • also known as Uzbuna, Alarm!
    • genre: Hard rock
    • released on
  3. "Alarm" is a musical single of Russenmafia.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  4. "ALARM" is the 2004 single by Namie Amuro.
    • released on (11 years ago)
  5. "Alarm" is a musical album of Malignant Eternal.
    • released in (17 years ago)
  6. "Alarm" is a cataloged instance, composition.
  7. "Alarm" is a composition.
  8. "Alarm" a.k.a. "Alarm!!!" is a musical album of Miguel and The Living Dead.
    • released on (10 years ago)
  9. "Alarm" is a musical single of Boys Noize.
    • released on
  10. "Alarm" is a musical album of Illegal 2001.
    • released on (19 years ago)
  11. "Alarm" is a musical album of Peter Brötzmann Group.
    • released in (33 years ago)
  12. "Alarm" is a musical single of Kenneth Bager.
    • released in (20 years ago)


"Alarm" is a book published in 2004 that was written by Margit Sandemo.

  • language: Swedish Language
  • released in (12 years ago)


  1. "Alarm" is a 2008 Irish thriller film written and directed by Gerard Stembridge.
  2. "Alarm" is a 1938 Danish family film directed by Lau Lauritzen, Jr. and Alice O'Fredericks.


  1. ALARM was a British anti-radiation missile designed primarily to destroy enemy radars for the purpose of Suppression of Enemy Air Defense. It was used by the RAF and the Royal Saudi Air Force, and retired at the end of 2013.
    • also known as ALARM反輻射飛彈
  2. Alarm Magazine is an American quarterly magazine based in Chicago, Illinois that publishes "Music and Art Beyond Comparison." It covers emerging and mid-career musicians and artists with a focus on independent, underground, or otherwise non-mainstream music and art. It also covers fashion, film, toys, and electronic media to a lesser extent.

Phrases with Alarm

Phrases starting with the word Alarm:

  1. alarm bell
  2. Alarm-Bell
  3. alarm clock
  4. alarm system
  5. Alarm Substance

Phrases ending with the word Alarm:

  1. Car Alarm
  2. Baby Alarm
  3. fire alarm
  4. false alarm
  5. Radio Alarm
  6. smoke alarm
  7. Hustle Alarm
  8. Silent Alarm
  9. burglar alarm
  10. Pull the Fire Alarm

Other phrases containing the word Alarm:

  1. Fire Alarm Horn
  2. Radio Alarm Clock

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Alarm

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Google previewOfficial Gazette of the United States Patent Office (1918)

An electrically-protected holder for pocketbooks and other articles, comprising a casing constituting a portable receptacle, an alarm means portably carried separately from said receptacle, an electric circuit including said alarm means, means ...

Google previewStress in Health and Disease (2006)

by Bengt B. Arnetz, Rolf Ekman

The alarm is uncomfortable; the alarm is the ''drive'' component that is required to make drive reduction theory work, since it drives the individual to the proper solutions. Therefore, the alarm is a safety system, which guarantees priority to ...

Google previewThe Gas Monitoring Handbook (1999)

by Gerald Lee Anderson, David M. Hadden

Alarm is an audible, visual, or physical presentation designed to warn the instrument user that a specific level of a dangerous gas/vapor concentration has been reached or exceeded. Alarm Only Instrument is an instrument providing one or ...

Google previewSecure Coding (2003)

Principles and Practices by Mark Graff, Kenneth R. Van Wyk

But application event logging lets the security analyst determine whether the alarm is an actual intru- sion or a false alarm. If you can't determine exactly what took place inside the application under (potential) attack, you may not be able to ...

Google previewCapitalising on your Stress (2011)

by Oparigwe Prince Chiwuoke

alarm is the first stage. Here, stress is a normal physical response to events that make one feel threatened or upset our balance in some way. When we sense danger, no matter the magnitude of the danger, the body's defences kick into high ...

Google previewNFPA's Pocket Dictionary of Electrical Terms (2005)

by H. Brooke Stauffer

Fire Alarm Circuit. Portion of the wiring system between the load side of the overcurrent device or the power-limited supply and the connected equipment of all circuits powered and controlled by the fire alarm system. Also see Nonpower ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Chemical Processing and Design (1993)

Volume 44 - Process Plants: Cost Estimating to Project Management: Information Systems for by John J. McKetta Jr

The applications include complex alarm management, advice on proper operator emergency procedures in advance of failure (fallback recommendations), fuzzy control systems that help operators with uncertainty, predictive model-based ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Stress: A-D (2000)

Alarm Phase and General Adaptation Syndrome 126 C. Dishabituation Dishabituation involves an enhancement of the physiological response. Richard McCarty University of Virginia Karel Pacak National Institute of Neurological Disorders ...

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Quotes about Alarm

Many of us have heard opportunity knocking at our door, but by the time we unhooked the chain, pushed back the bolt, turned two locks, and shuts off the burglar alarm - it was gone.
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Scrabble value of A1L1A1R1M3

The value of this 5-letter word is 7 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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