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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:
References in classic literature ?
For where a man's intentions are published, it is an alarum, to call up all that are against them.
Barbicane remained calm in the midst of this enthusiastic clamor; perhaps he was desirous of addressing a few more words to his colleagues, for by his gestures he demanded silence, and his powerful alarum was worn out by its violent reports.
But other than in the snatches of verse, the rhythmic alarum and tension so characteristic of Poe's writing is missing, both in dialogue and the written reports to Landor.
or Menaphon: Camillas Alarum to Slumbering Euphues, are the main focus of chapter four.
A simple, but in its own way beautiful antique alarum lantern clock, it had been pooh-poohed by the huddle of dealers at our local Saturday village hall auction.
For those who prefer to exeunt without alarum, Robins provides interesting commentary, concise directions and maps, handy places of refreshment, and gallery-quality photographs.
It is not entirely clear even now what motivated many of these voters beyond a generalized alarum that our coarse popular culture is sanding down all moral sensibilities.
In psalmo: "In umbra alarum tuarum sperabo" [Psalm lvi.
Focusing on the alarum du jour -- the alleged danger of a new terrorist-concocted smallpox epidemic -- the CDC document declares that "each state must undertake a review of their own authorities and revise and update their laws to assure sufficient legal powers to carry out an effective response.
HAMLET opens on a state of incipient alarum, with martial vigilance on the battlemented "platform' (act 1, scene 2, line 252) of Elsinore and conspicuous "post-haste and rummage in the land" (1.
Ring the alarum bell," he cries, adding: "Up, up, and see / The great doom's image.
The above introduction may seem to sound alarum, that an abstract Polish poet, the forester of avant-garde, is about to disrupt some new audiences.