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 (ə-lär′əm, -lăr′-)
A warning or alarm, especially a call to arms.

[Middle English alarom, variant of alarm, alarm; see alarm.]


(əˈlærəm; -ˈlɑːr-; -ˈlɛər-)
1. archaic an alarm, esp a call to arms
2. (Theatre) (used as a stage direction, esp in Elizabethan drama) a loud disturbance or conflict (esp in the phrase alarums and excursions)
[C15: variant of alarm]


(əˈlær əm, əˈlɑr-)

n. Archaic.
a call to arms; alarm.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.alarum - an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of dangeralarum - an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger
torpedo - 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
signal, signaling, sign - any nonverbal action or gesture that encodes a message; "signals from the boat suddenly stopped"
air alert - the warning signal that begins a period of preparation for an enemy air attack
burglar alarm - a loud warning signal produced by a burglar alarm; "they could hear the burglar alarm a mile away"
fire alarm - a shout or bell to warn that fire has broken out
foghorn, fogsignal - a loud low warning signal that can be heard by fogbound ships
horn - a noise made by the driver of an automobile to give warning;
red flag - a flag that serves as a warning signal; "we didn't swim at the beach because the red flag was up"
siren - a warning signal that is a loud wailing sound
alarm bell, tocsin - the sound of an alarm (usually a bell)


A signal that warns of imminent danger:
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Effigies igitur sex alarum seraphicarum insinuat sex illuminationes scalares, quae a creaturis incipiunt et perducunt usque ad Deum, ad quem nemo intrat recte nisi per Crucifixum.
Thomas Hey-wood's The Rape of Lucrece and the anonymous Alarum for London serve as central case studies in Georgina Lucas's thoughtful consideration of how rape and massacre become conflated in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century drama.
Alarum Theatre's boat-based tour: This summer the narrowboat Tench will be piloted around England's waterways by a team of boating actresses - or is it acting boatresses?
21) According to Maimonides, the shofar is a kind of alarum, meant to raise human consciousness rather than to arouse divine emotions.
Former Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban raised an alarum in his column titled Choosing new prez is also choosing new SC, Opinion, 4/3/16).
T]he flame of virtue flickers" is one typical alarum, and 'it is virtue that makes all the difference between liberty and slavery in America.
Go, then, Rizal into the peace that is the Lord's "et in alarum tuarum confugio donec transeat inequitas.
Witnessing the alarum within Macbeth occasioned by the witches' all-hail to Glamis, Cawdor, and future King, Banquo becomes the "perfect spy o'the time" and exclaims:
Ne me terrete timentem, obscenae uolucres: alarum uerbera nosco letalemque sonum, nec fallunt iussa superba magnanimi Jouis.
Chapters are: alarum in North America; a 40-year fascination with Fort York; oI wish you could see the style in which we liveo; the War of 1812 at Old Fort Niagara, Youngstown, New York; a deserted garrison village; archaeology of the Chesapeake Bay naval flotilla; archaeological investigations at the Blandenburg battlefield site; the archaeology of the Battle of the White House on the Potomac; reconstructing the Battle of CaulkAEs Field, Maryland; American fortification strategy and military tactics at Fort McHenry, Baltimore, Maryland; landscape of battle; the War of 1812 on the Missouri frontier; forgotten invasion; Chalmette.
laedit te quaedam mala fabula, qua tibi fertur valle sub alarum trux habitare caper.
In response, she wrote two treatises in 1649: An Alarum of War and Another Alarum of War.