warning

[wawr-ning]
noun
1.
the act or utterance of one who warns or the existence, appearance, sound, etc., of a thing that warns.
2.
something that serves to warn, give notice, or caution: We fired a warning at the intruders.
3.
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 ).
adjective
4.
serving to warn, advise, caution: a warning bell.

Origin:
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.
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warning (ˈwɔːnɪŋ)
 
n
1.  a hint, intimation, threat, etc, of harm or danger
2.  advice to beware or desist
3.  an archaic word for notice
 
adj
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
 
'warningly
 
adv

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Word Origin & History

warn
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).
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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.
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