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To call to arms for defense; to give notice to (anyone) of approaching danger; to rouse to vigilance and action; to put on the alert. To keep in excitement; to disturb. To surprise with apprehension of danger; to fill with anxiety in regard to threatening evil; to excite with sudden fear. A summons to arms, as on the approach of an enemy. Any sound or information intended to give notice of approaching danger; a warning sound to arouse attention; a warning of danger. A sudden attack; disturbance; broil. Sudden surprise with fear or terror excited by apprehension of danger; in the military use, commonly, sudden apprehension of being attacked by surprise.


 - A mechanical contrivance for awaking persons from sleep, or rousing their attention; an alarum. Alarm bell, a bell that gives notice on danger. - Alarm clock or watch, a clock or watch which can be so set as to ring or strike loudly at a prearranged hour, to wake from sleep, or excite attention.


 - Alarm gauge, a contrivance attached to a steam boiler for showing when the pressure of steam is too high, or the water in the boiler too low.


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