alarm-bell
a) A bell rung to signal danger or emergency.
b) 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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  • Alarm bell — Alarm A*larm ([.a]*l[aum]rm ), n. [F. alarme, It. all arme to arms ! fr. L. arma, pl., arms. See {Arms}, and cf. {Alarum}.] 1. A summons to arms, as on the approach of an enemy. [1913 Webster] Arming to answer in a night alarm. Shak. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • alarm-bell — alarmˈ bell noun A bell warning of danger • • • Main Entry: ↑alarm …   Useful english dictionary

  • alarm bell — UK / US noun Word forms alarm bell : singular alarm bell plural alarm bells 1) [countable] a bell that rings to warn you of danger 2) alarm bells [plural] something that makes you feel something unpleasant or dangerous is going to happen The… …   English dictionary

  • alarm bell — noun A sudden awareness of danger. He put his foot on a concealed button under his desk and rang an alarm bell. He always had two strongarm men lolling around in an office down the passage …   Wiktionary

  • alarm bell — a larm ,bell noun 1. ) count a bell that rings to warn you of danger 2. ) alarm bells plural something that makes you feel something unpleasant or dangerous is going to happen: The report should set off alarm bells about standards in education …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • alarm bell — noun the sound of an alarm (usually a bell) • Syn: ↑tocsin • Hypernyms: ↑alarm, ↑alert, ↑warning signal, ↑alarum …   Useful english dictionary

  • alarm bell — sound of an alarm, ringing of a warning bell …   English contemporary dictionary

  • alarm-bell — n. Tocsin, etc. See alarm …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • Alarm — A*larm ([.a]*l[aum]rm ), n. [F. alarme, It. all arme to arms ! fr. L. arma, pl., arms. See {Arms}, and cf. {Alarum}.] 1. A summons to arms, as on the approach of an enemy. [1913 Webster] Arming to answer in a night alarm. Shak. [1913 Webster] 2.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Alarm clock — Alarm A*larm ([.a]*l[aum]rm ), n. [F. alarme, It. all arme to arms ! fr. L. arma, pl., arms. See {Arms}, and cf. {Alarum}.] 1. A summons to arms, as on the approach of an enemy. [1913 Webster] Arming to answer in a night alarm. Shak. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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