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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.]
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(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]
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(əˈlær əm, əˈlɑr-)

n. Archaic.
a call to arms; alarm.
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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)
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A signal that warns of imminent danger:
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Go, then, Rizal into the peace that is the Lord's "et in alarum tuarum confugio donec transeat inequitas.
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