the act or utterance of one who warns or the existence, appearance, sound, etc., of a thing that warns.
something that serves to warn, give notice, or caution: We fired a warning at the intruders.
Meteorology. an announcement from the U.S. National Weather Service alerting the public that a storm or other weather-related hazard is imminent and that immediate steps should be taken to protect lives and property. Compare advisory ( def 5 ), storm warning ( def 2 ), watch ( def 20 ).
serving to warn, advise, caution: a warning bell.

before 900; Middle English (noun); Old English war(e)nung precaution; see warn, -ing1, -ing2

warningly, adverb

2. caution, admonition, advice; omen, sign, portent, augury, presage.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To warnings
World English Dictionary
warning (ˈwɔːnɪŋ)
1.  a hint, intimation, threat, etc, of harm or danger
2.  advice to beware or desist
3.  an archaic word for notice
4.  (prenominal) intended or serving to warn: a warning look
5.  (of the coloration of certain distasteful or poisonous animals) having conspicuous markings, which predators recognize and learn to avoid; aposematic

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Word Origin & History

O.E. warnian "to give notice of impending danger," also intrans., "to take heed," from W.Gmc. *warnojanan (cf. O.N. varna "to admonish," O.H.G. warnon "to take heed," Ger. warnen "to warn"); related to O.E. wær "aware, cautious" (see wary).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Example sentences for warnings
Modern games give tilt warnings before sacrificing the ball in play.
Some countries require cigarette packs to contain warnings about health.
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature