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Definition of alarm:

  1. A mechanical contrivance for awaking persons from sleep, or rousing their attention; an alarum.
  2. A sudden attack; disturbance; broil.
  3. A summons to arms, as on the approach of an enemy.
  4. Any sound or information intended to give notice of approaching danger; a warning sound to arouse attention; a warning of danger.
  5. Sudden surprise with fear or terror excited by apprehension of danger; in the military use, commonly, sudden apprehension of being attacked by surprise.
  6. To call to arms for defense; to give notice to ( any one) of approaching danger; to rouse to vigilance and action; to put on the alert.
  7. To keep in excitement; to disturb.
  8. To surprise with apprehension of danger; to fill with anxiety in regard to threatening evil; to excite with sudden fear.


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