from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.
  • noun The sound or other warning made by a fire alarm.
  • noun firefighting An emergency response to a fire by the fire department with manpower and equipment.

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

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


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