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Webster's Dictionary 1828

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AL'ARM, noun

1. Any sound, outcry or information intended to give notice of approaching danger as, to sound an alarm

2. A summon to arms.

3. Sudden surprise with fear or terror; as, the fire or the enemy excited an alarm

4. Terror; a sensation excited by an apprehension of danger, from whatever cause; as, we felt an alarm at the cry of fire.

5. In fencing, an appeal or challenge.

AL'ARM, verb transitive

1. To give notice of danger; to rouse to vigilance, and exertions for safety.

2. To call to arms for defense.

3. To surprise with apprehension of danger; to disturb with terror; to fill with anxiety by the prospect of evil.