from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A warning or alarm, especially a call to arms: "This instrument called television can teach and illuminate, cautioned Edward R. Murrow, but only to the extent that its operators choose to use it.... An era later ... Murrow's alarum remains as up to date as tonight's news” ( Harry F. Waters).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A danger signal or warning.
- n. A call to arms.
- v. To sound alarums, to sound an alarm.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See alarm.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as alarm, but now used only in sense 4, except poetically.
- Same as alarm.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger
Middle English alarom, variant of alarm, alarm; see alarm.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English alarom, from Italian all'arme ("to arms, to the weapons"), from arma, armorum ("weapons") (Wiktionary)