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  • n. A bell rung to signal danger or emergency.
  • n. A bell which is rung to indicate a pre-arranged time, especially to mark a desired moment for waking up, performing a specific action etc.


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  • It was the same drug-sensitivity pattern that would lead Robert Daum to realize that serious illnesses among Chicago children were being caused by a new community-associated strain—and that would eventually convince doubtful editors at the Journal of the American Medical Association to publish his alarm-bell paper.5


  • So in other words, if you keep an eye on where your cross-cultural words come from, you can use them to make a subtle point - or even a jarring point or alarm-bell within the context of the fantasy culture of your world.

    Why I take notice of my beta readers even when I don't agree with them...(2)

  • She heard a faint alarm-bell start to ring, far back in her mind, and ignored it.

    The Dark Tower

  • In my anxiety to get clear, I cocked her nose up until the automatic alarm-bell rang, and I actually began to slide backwards.

    The Horror of the Heights

  • My conscience rings loudly like an alarm-bell in the dead of night.

    My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

  • Like the deep and startling tones of an alarm-bell, echoing from hill to hill, his bold eloquence aroused the hearts of thinking men from the Penobscot to the St. Mary; and his published arguments, like an electric shock, thrilled every nerve in the

    Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851

  • Nevertheless, as the noon-hour drew near he found himself watching the alarm-bell with growing excitement.

    The Young Railroaders Tales of Adventure and Ingenuity

  • "I found the box, with the money still in it, and fixed up an alarm-bell circuit to go off when he came for it," he explained hurriedly, as the manager stared.

    The Young Railroaders Tales of Adventure and Ingenuity

  • F, closes the circuit of a pile, which actuates an alarm-bell located near the pump and engine.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 315, January 14, 1882

  • A circuit formed in such a manner, by the breaking off of a branch lead, would have greater resistance than that formed by the contact resulting from pressure of cable on the plungers; this difference would be manifested on the indicator (of low resistance) placed in circuit with the alarm-bell, or, if any doubt remained, a Wheatstone's bridge, or simpler still, a telephone might be made use of.

    Scientific American Supplement, No. 430, March 29, 1884


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