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


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