Definition of Fire alarm

1. Noun. A shout or bell to warn that fire has broken out.

Generic synonyms: Alarm, Alarum, Alert, Warning Signal

2. Noun. An alarm that is tripped off by fire or smoke.
Exact synonyms: Smoke Alarm
Generic synonyms: Alarm, Alarm System, Warning Device

Definition of Fire alarm

1. Noun. An electromechanical or electronic bell, klaxon, chime, horn, speaker, strobe light or other device which warns people in a building of a possible fire or other condition requiring evacuation. ¹

2. Noun. The sound or other warning made by a '''fire alarm'''. ¹

3. Noun. (firefighting) An emergency response to a fire by the fire department with manpower and equipment. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Fire Alarm

fire air
fire alarm (current term)
fire alarm horn
fire alarm horns
fire alarms
fire and brimstone
fire and forget
fire ant
fire ant stings
fire ants
fire at will
fire away
fire axe
fire axes
fire beetle
fire beetles

Literary usage of Fire alarm

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Municipal Franchises: A Description of the Terms and Conditions Upon which by Delos Franklin Wilcox (1910)
"Auxiliary fire alarm service—Harrisburg; Erie; New York City—A franchise was ... The use of the poles of the fire alarm and police patrol system was also ..."

2. The History of Detroit and Michigan: Or, the Metropolis Illustrated ; a by Silas Farmer (1884)
"The fire-alarm boxes are kept locked, and the keys deposited in the nearest and ... Connected with each fire-alarm box, but entirely distinct from the other ..."

3. The New International Encyclopædia edited by Daniel Coit Gilman, Harry Thurston Peck, Frank Moore Colby (1903)
"The outer or fire-alarm boxes are generally only to be opened with keys intrusted to ... In cities having a central office in connection with the fire-alarm ..."

4. Convention by National Electric Light Association Convention, National Independent Meat Packers Association, University of Georgia College of Agriculture, University of Georgia Dept. of Food Science (1905)
"The telephone and fire-alarm wires should be placed below the high-voltage wires, because the lighter wires break frequently and if placed above would cause ..."

5. A Sketch of the History of Attleborough: From Its Settlement to the Division by John Daggett, Amelia Daggett Shellfield (1894)
"About two years ago the •• Gamewell System of fire alarm '" was introduced into the village, and ten alarm boxes, two indicators, and a steam gong, ..."

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