Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A device, such as a siren, used in announcing the outbreak of a fire.
  • n. The signal, especially the noise, produced by such a device.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An electromechanical or electronic bell, klaxon, chime, horn, speaker, strobe light or other device which warns people in a building of a possible fire or other condition requiring evacuation.
  • n. The sound or other warning made by a fire alarm.
  • n. An emergency response to a fire by the fire department with manpower and equipment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An apparatus for giving such an alarm.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An alarm of fire.
  • n. A mechanical apparatus for giving a signal or alarm of fire.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a shout or bell to warn that fire has broken out
  • n. an alarm that is tripped off by fire or smoke

Etymologies

fire + alarm (Wiktionary)

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    August 3, 2008

  • The boy who was left behind was deaf. When his roommates roused everyone and yelled for them to jump out the back window(the fire was in the front of the apartment) -- he didn't hear. In his panic to get out, he ran directly into the room where the fire started and was immediately overcome.

    August 3, 2008

  • A lot of drama surrounded the apartment next to ours (also an upstairs unit) and we soon discovered that's where the fire started. We also discovered that there still was one person inside, unconscious. The firefighters hadn't arrived yet and campus 'police' wouldn't let anyone go up to try to get the boy out. One of the 'studious' boys wasn't having that, however. He had been burned as a child and remembered the pain of recovery. His legs still bore the scars. He was going in. Nobody stopped him. He donned a scuba mask to protect his eyes and after being driven back down the stairs by smkoe a couple of times, finally made it to the boy's body and dragged him to the top of the stairs where another brave boy was able to go up and carry him down.

    August 3, 2008

  • I'm a terrible typist (typer?...)!

    So we decide to get up and see what's going on. When we opened the bedroom door smoke came pouring into the room and we realized what was going on. We woke our other two roommates up and headed down the stairs of our apartment. There was a hugh crowd outside and everyone was happy to see us as we were the last to come out. Well, almost the last.

    August 3, 2008

  • I KNOW!

    Let's see, where was I... So, my visually challenged roommate and I are moving kind of slow (we later found out were were suffering from smoke inhalation), trying to piece together what was going on. We could hear banging and screaming coming from outside, but being that we lived in off-campus apartments, that was not unusual or noteworthy. We kind of shrugged things off and were going to roll over and go back to sleep when I thought I heard one of the boys calling my name -- that was unusual -- as their revelry rarely consisted of more than hoots and hollars.

    August 3, 2008

  • omigawd! Talk about drama.

    August 3, 2008

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    Well, since you asked, I'll tell you: The boys in the apartment under mine were up all night cramming for exams (translation: getting high and listening to music). My roommates and I were fast asleep. My bedroom mate was legally blind. The one boy next door, where the fire started was deaf.

    August 3, 2008

  • Great stories, thanks for sharing :-)

    August 3, 2008

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    August 3, 2008

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    August 3, 2008

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  • So why did you do it dontcry?

    August 3, 2008

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