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fire alarm

noun
1.
a signal that warns that a fire has started.
2.
a bell, buzzer, siren, horn, etc., that provides such a signal.
Origin of fire alarm
1840-1850
1840-50, Americanism
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Examples from the web for fire alarm
  • She knew the fire alarm signals and when anything momentous was afoot.
  • He started with the first one, pulling the fire alarm.
  • No fire alarm went off in the middle of a punch line.
  • fire alarm systems properly maintained smoke detectors.
  • fire alarm systems a fire alarm system that can be heard throughout the facility.
British Dictionary definitions for fire alarm

fire alarm

noun
1.
a device to give warning of fire, esp a bell, siren, or hooter
2.
a shout to warn that a fire has broken out
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