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Definition 1: a device that signals the occurrence of some undesirable event - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for alarm in the sense of this definition

(alarm is a kind of ...) an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

"the device is small enough to wear on your wrist" "a device intended to conserve water"

(... is a kind of alarm ) a device on an automobile for making a warning noise

(... is a kind of alarm ) a warning device that is tripped off by the occurrence of a burglary

(... is a kind of alarm ) an alarm that is tripped off by fire or smoke

(... is a kind of alarm ) an alarm device that makes a loud warning sound

(... is a kind of alarm ) an acoustic device producing a loud often wailing sound as a signal or warning

Definition 2: a clock that wakes a sleeper at some preset time - [noun denoting artifact]

Synonyms for alarm in the sense of this definition

(alarm is a kind of ...) a timepiece that shows the time of day

Definition 3: an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger - [noun denoting communication]

Synonyms for alarm in the sense of this definition

(alarm is a kind of ...) any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message

"signals from the boat suddenly stopped"

(... is a kind of alarm ) a small explosive device that is placed on a railroad track and fires when a train runs over it; the sound of the explosion warns the engineer of danger ahead

(... is a kind of alarm ) a warning signal that is a loud wailing sound

(... is a kind of alarm ) a flag that serves as a warning signal

"we didn't swim at the beach because the red flag was up"

(... is a kind of alarm ) a noise made by the driver of an automobile to give warning

(... is a kind of alarm ) a loud low warning signal that can be heard by fogbound ships

(... is a kind of alarm ) a shout or bell to warn that fire has broken out

(... is a kind of alarm ) a loud warning signal produced by a burglar alarm

"they could hear the burglar alarm a mile away"

(... is a kind of alarm ) the warning signal that begins a period of preparation for an enemy air attack

(... is a kind of alarm ) the sound of an alarm (usually a bell)

Definition 4: fear resulting from the awareness of danger - [noun denoting feeling]

Synonyms for alarm in the sense of this definition

(alarm is a kind of ...) an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)

(... are attributes of alarm) frightening because of an awareness of danger

(... are attributes of alarm) not alarming; assuaging alarm

Definition 5: warn or arouse to a sense of danger or call to a state of preparedness - [verb of communication]

Samples where alarm or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • The empty house alarmed him
  • We alerted the new neighbors to the high rate of burglaries

Synonyms for alarm in the sense of this definition

(alarm is a kind of ...) notify of danger, potential harm, or risk

"The director warned him that he might be fired" "The doctor warned me about the dangers of smoking"

(... is a kind of alarm ) make aware of

"His words woke us to terrible facts of the situation"

Definition 6: fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised - [verb of emotion]

Samples where alarm or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • I was horrified at the thought of being late for my interview
  • The news of the executions horrified us

Synonyms for alarm in the sense of this definition

(alarm is a kind of ...) cause fear in

"The stranger who hangs around the building frightens me" "Ghosts could never affright her"

(... is a kind of alarm ) strike with horror or terror

"The news of the bombing shocked her"

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