Definitions

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

  • noun A statement telling of or an indication providing evidence of impending danger, difficulty, or misfortune.
  • noun Advice to be cautious.
  • noun A cautionary or deterrent example.
  • adjective Acting or serving to warn.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • In biology, serving as a menace to enemies; of threatening aspect: somewhat specially used of a strikingly conspicuous coloration. See the quotation.
  • noun Notice beforehand of the consequences that will probably follow continuance in some particular course; admonitory advice to do or to abstain from doing something, as in reference to approaching a probable danger.
  • noun That which warns, or serves to warn or admonish.
  • noun Heed; the lesson taught by or to be learned from a caution given.
  • noun Previous notice: as, a short warning.
  • noun A summons; a call; a bidding.
  • noun A notice given to terminate a business relation, as that of master and servant, employer and employee, landlord and tenant; a notice to quit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Giving previous notice; cautioning; admonishing.
  • adjective (Horol.) a piece or wheel which produces a sound shortly before the clock strikes.
  • noun Previous notice.
  • noun Caution against danger, or against faults or evil practices which incur danger; admonition; monition.

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

  • verb Present participle of warn.
  • noun The action of the verb warn; an instance of warning someone.
  • noun Something spoken or written that is intended to warn.
  • interjection Used to warn of danger in signs and notices.

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

  • adjective serving to warn
  • noun notification of something, usually in advance
  • noun a message informing of danger
  • noun cautionary advice about something imminent (especially imminent danger or other unpleasantness)

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Examples

  • ARM: Fix warning: #warning syscall migrate_pages not implemented

    Linux.com :: Features

  • "Without putting this issue to rest, and with the label warning as it currently reads, we believe payers in the U.S. will have ammunition to disadvantage Brilinta, especially knowing that U.S. generic Plavix will launch in May 2012," Anderson said yesterday in a note to investors.

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  • His tattooed chest heaved as he stalked toward her, his expression warning her to take a step back.

    Dreams of a Dark Warrior

  • His tattooed chest heaved as he stalked toward her, his expression warning her to take a step back.

    Dreams of a Dark Warrior

  • In 2000, Congress enacted legislation eliminating the label warning.

    Bracing for the Fake Sugar Rush

  • The fund manager, who made his name warning about Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc's LEHMQ.PK financial health before the investment bank's collapse, accused Ballmer on Wednesday evening of being stuck in the past, launching the sharpest attack yet by a high-profile investor against the company's leadership.

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  • Because of the potential risk for death or severe birth defects to a fetus, the drug will be packaged with a label warning, and doctors will not prescribe it to women who are pregnant, the agency said.

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  • The fund manager, who made his name warning about Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc's LEHMQ.PK financial health before the investment bank's collapse, accused Ballmer on Wednesday evening of being stuck in the past, launching the sharpest attack yet by a high-profile investor against the company's leadership.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • The plaintiffs claim the label warning should have been improved earlier and remains inadequate.

    Johnson & Johnson Ordered to Pay $700,000 Over Flawed Levaquin Warning - Bloomberg

  • Inez Tenenbaum, chair of the CPSC, explained today that we have determined that a warning is the best approach.

    The feds take a position on sleep positioners

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  • "She woke in the morning

    She knew that her life had passed her by

    She called out a warning

    Don't ever let life pass you by"

    January 8, 2007

  • Warning

    When I am an old woman I shall wear purple

    With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.

    And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves

    And satin sandals, and say we've no money for butter.

    I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired

    And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells

    And run my stick along the public railings

    And make up for the sobriety of my youth.

    I shall go out in my slippers in the rain

    And pick flowers in other people's gardens

    And learn to spit.

    You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat

    And eat three pounds of sausages at a go

    Or only bread and pickle for a week

    And hoard pens and pencils and beermats and things in boxes.

    But now we must have clothes that keep us dry

    And pay our rent and not swear in the street

    And set a good example for the children.

    We must have friends to dinner and read the papers.

    But maybe I ought to practice a little now?

    So people who know me are not too shocked and surprised

    When suddenly I am old, and start to wear purple.

    Jenny Joseph

    December 30, 2007