Alarm vs. Klaxon - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Alarm (noun)

    A summons to arms, as on the approach of an enemy.

    "Arming to answer in a night alarm. --Shakespeare."

  • Alarm (noun)

    Any sound or information intended to give notice of approaching danger; a warning sound to arouse attention; a warning of danger.

    "Sound an alarm in my holy mountain. --Joel ii. 1."

  • Alarm (noun)

    A sudden attack; disturbance.

  • Alarm (noun)

    Sudden surprise with fear or terror excited by apprehension of danger; in the military use, commonly, sudden apprehension of being attacked by surprise.

    "Alarm and resentment spread throughout the camp. --Thomas Babington Macaulay."

  • Alarm (noun)

    A awaking people, or rousing their attention.

    "The clockradio is a friendlier version of the cold alarm by the bedside"

  • Alarm (noun)

    An instance of an alarm ringing, beeping or clanging, to give a noise signal at a certain time.

    "You should set the alarm on your watch to go off at seven o'clock."

  • Alarm (verb)

    To call to arms for defense

  • Alarm (verb)

    To give (someone) notice of approaching danger

  • Alarm (verb)

    To rouse to vigilance and action; to put on the alert.

  • Alarm (verb)

    To surprise with apprehension of danger; to fill with anxiety in regard to threatening evil; to excite with sudden fear.

  • Alarm (verb)

    To keep in excitement; to disturb.

  • Klaxon (noun)

    A alarm or horn. from 1908

  • Klaxon (verb)

    To produce a wail.

Oxford Dictionary

  • Alarm (noun)

    an anxious awareness of danger

    "some experts view the plan with alarm"

    "the boat tilted and the boatmen cried out in alarm"

  • Alarm (noun)

    a warning of danger

    "I hammered on several doors to raise the alarm"

    "Oliver smelled smoke and gave the alarm"

  • Alarm (noun)

    a warning sound or device

    "they disabled the alarm and used a glass cutter to get in"

  • Alarm (noun)

    an alarm clock

    "I set my alarm for 6:30"

  • Alarm (verb)

    make (someone) feel frightened, disturbed, or in danger

    "the government was alarmed by an outbreak of unrest"

  • Alarm (verb)

    be fitted or protected with an alarm

    "this door is locked and alarmed between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m"

  • Klaxon (noun)

    an electric horn or warning hooter

    "the tug blew its klaxon three times"

Webster Dictionary

  • Alarm (noun)

    A summons to arms, as on the approach of an enemy.

  • Alarm (noun)

    Any sound or information intended to give notice of approaching danger; a warning sound to arouse attention; a warning of danger.

  • Alarm (noun)

    A sudden attack; disturbance; broil.

  • Alarm (noun)

    Sudden surprise with fear or terror excited by apprehension of danger; in the military use, commonly, sudden apprehension of being attacked by surprise.

  • Alarm (noun)

    A mechanical contrivance for awaking persons from sleep, or rousing their attention; an alarum.

  • Alarm

    To call to arms for defense; to give notice to (any one) of approaching danger; to rouse to vigilance and action; to put on the alert.

  • Alarm

    To keep in excitement; to disturb.

  • Alarm

    To surprise with apprehension of danger; to fill with anxiety in regard to threatening evil; to excite with sudden fear.

  • Klaxon (noun)

    a kind of loud horn formerly used on motor vehicles.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Alarm (noun)

    fear resulting from the awareness of danger

  • Alarm (noun)

    a device that signals the occurrence of some undesirable event

  • Alarm (noun)

    an automatic signal (usually a sound) warning of danger

  • Alarm (noun)

    a clock that wakes sleeper at preset time

  • Alarm (verb)

    fill with apprehension or alarm; cause to be unpleasantly surprised;

    "I was horrified at the thought of being late for my interview"

    "The news of the executions horrified us"

  • Alarm (verb)

    warn or arouse to a sense of danger or call to a state of preparedness;

    "The empty house alarmed him"

    "We alerted the new neighbors to the high rate of burglaries"

  • Klaxon (noun)

    a kind of loud horn formerly used on motor vehicles

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