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fire alarm

a signal that warns that a fire has started.
a bell, buzzer, siren, horn, etc., that provides such a signal.
Origin of fire alarm
1840-50, Americanism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Perhaps it was a Utopian form of fire alarm, and we were doomed to cremation in our mosquito-netting unless we roused ourselves.

    The American Egypt Channing Arnold
  • It seemed as if none of her neighbors wanted her to sound a fire alarm.

    The Tale of Mrs. Ladybug Arthur Scott Bailey
  • Oh, was that the time you were so plucky about giving the fire alarm?

  • A fire alarm was turned in from a store in the middle of the block.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • The chain of mishaps surrounding the catastrophe extended to the fire alarm.

British Dictionary definitions for fire alarm

fire alarm

a device to give warning of fire, esp a bell, siren, or hooter
a shout to warn that a fire has broken out
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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