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  Dictionary Definition of alarm

alarm
noun
1. a sudden fear or painful suspense excited by an apprehension of danger; apprehension; fright.
2. any sound, outcry, or information intended to give notice of approaching danger: a false alarm.
3. a self-acting contrivance of any kind used to call attention, rouse from sleep, warn of danger, etc.
4. a warning sound; signal for attention.
5. a call to arms.
6. Fencing an appeal or a challenge made by a step or stamp on the ground with the advancing foot.
-- verb (t)
7. to surprise with apprehension of danger; disturb with sudden fear.
8. to give notice of danger to; rouse to vigilance and exertions for safety.
9. to fit (a house, car, etc.) with an alarm system.
[ME alarme, from OF, from It. allarme tumult, fright, from all ' arme to arms]
-- alarmingly, adverb