a-larm / ə-lärm
1. a sudden feeling of fear or danger; apprehension
We are right to take alarm at the first experiment upon our liberties.
James Madison 1751-1836
2. something that alerts or warns of approaching danger
We live in the midst of alarms; anxiety beclouds the future; we expect some new disaster with each newspaper we read.
Abraham Lincoln 1809-1865
3. a device used to warn of danger, awaken, or alert to something
Morning comes whether you set the alarm or not.
Ursula K. Le Guin. 1929 – 2018
4. (archaic) a call to arms
He said to his friend, “If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light,
One, if by land, and two, if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be,
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm.
From “Paul Revere’s Ride” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1807 – 1882
1. to worry or frighten
Evils in the journey of life are like the hills which alarm travelers upon their road; they both appear great at a distance, but when we approach them we find that they are far less insurmountable than we had conceived.
Charles Caleb Colton, 1780 – 1832
2. to provide with a warning; to alert
Even the rustling of leaves will alarm the hare.
3. to equip or protect with a device that alerts or warns
The building doors were alarmed with intrusion alarms, and all rooms were equipped with motion detectors.
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