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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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During the last decade the alarums about the advent of peak oil grew ever more frenzied.
The vision of a Europe, over which the alarums of war shall no longer be heard, must have rendered digestion easy and have given the listeners food for reflection for hours to come.
Few will disagree, that while in terms of wars and alarums, the 1971 war may have been a short historical event, its larger development -- the creation of Bangladesh -- is something that has had lasting consequences, for the better or the worse.
It seems to me that by the same process they are also made less "real"--diminished, in part, by the physical size of the television screen, which, for all the industry's advances, still shows one a picture of men three inches tall shooting at other men three inches tall, and trivialized, or at least tamed, by the enveloping cozy alarums of the household.
In the wake of these latest alarums, the noted Jordanian columnist Urayb al-Rintawi recalled in Al-Dastour the bombings which in 2005 killed 60 people in three Amman hotels.
Favorini co-wrote a script with playwright Lynne Conner, and the resulting production was Silent Spring: Alarums & Excursions, an impressionistic interpretation of Carson's themes.
While Boparan's hostile pursuit of Northern Foods has been accompanied by fanfares and alarums (see above and p14), compare and contrast the silence surrounding Kerry Group's acquisition of Headland Foods (see p4).
These were used extensively in commanding attention; offstage sounds such as flourishes, alarums, and knocks directed audience and actors' attention, and high intensity sounds often began the plays.
Carson's eloquent but unfounded alarums resonated because malaria had been eradicated in the United States.
The early modern English playhouse, like Caliban's isle, was full of noises--drums, alarums, flourishes, cannon, thunder, bells, knocking, cock-crows--not to mention "many sorts of music" (TN 1.
perhaps the leg stocks, leg stocks, monument hung PROPERTIES hoisting/ hoisting/ "a hovel" with golden torture device torture epitaphs, device, pavilion Peter's chair with ascending stairs SPECIAL devils casting alarums, trumpets, a thunder, EFFECTS fire, flashes flourishes, storm (wind, wind, music, of fire, banquet water, dumbshows, farting, music, noises thunder, fire, vision roaring, off pulling lightning), of Diana Christopher up anchors & blood, carrying Christ casting off sennets, over water, ships, alarums, capacity to several music ascend, dumbshows, thunder, fire, smoke, lightning chambers shot off
The various tunes are often little more than melodic fragments, surrounded by a bewildering assortment of alarums and excursions.