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alarm

  

      vb   tr  
1    to fill with apprehension, anxiety, or fear  
2    to warn about danger; alert  
3    to fit or activate a burglar alarm on a house, car, etc.  
      n  
4    fear or terror aroused by awareness of danger; fright  
5    apprehension or uneasiness  
the idea of failing filled him with alarm     
6    a noise, signal, etc., warning of danger  
7    any device that transmits such a warning  
a burglar alarm     
8   
a    the device in an alarm clock that triggers off the bell or buzzer  
b       short for       alarm clock  
9    Archaic   a call to arms  
10      (Fencing)   a warning or challenge made by stamping the front foot  
     (C14: from Old French alarme, from Old Italian all'arme to arms; see arm2)  
  alarming      adj  
  alarmingly      adv  


alarm clock  
      n   a clock with a mechanism that sounds at a set time: used esp. for waking a person up  
call alarm  
      n  
a    an electronic device that sends an alarm signal, usually to a distant monitoring centre, when activated by a person in distress, often a handicapped or frail old person living alone  
b    (as modifier)  
a call-alarm system     
false alarm  
      n  
1    a needless alarm given in error or with intent to deceive  
2    an occasion on which danger is perceived but fails to materialize  
fire alarm  
      n  
1    a device to give warning of fire, esp. a bell, siren, or hooter  
2    a shout to warn that a fire has broken out  
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alarm

  

      vb  
1    daunt, dismay, distress, frighten, give (someone) a turn     (informal)   make (someone's) hair stand on end, panic, put the wind up (someone)     (informal)   scare, startle, terrify, unnerve  
2    alert, arouse, signal, warn  
      n  
3    anxiety, apprehension, consternation, dismay, distress, fear, fright, nervousness, panic, scare, terror, trepidation, unease, uneasiness  
4    alarm-bell, alert, bell, danger signal, distress signal, hooter, siren, tocsin, warning  
5      (archaic)   call to arms, summons to arms  
  
Antonyms     
,       vb  
1    assure, calm, comfort, reassure, relieve, soothe  
      n  
3    calm, calmness, composure, sang-froid, serenity  

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