alarm clock


Definition of alarm clock

: a clock that can be set to sound an alarm at a desired time

Examples of alarm clock in a Sentence

She set the alarm clock for six o'clock. The alarm clock went off at six o'clock.
Recent Examples on the Web David Johnson, who lives atop Nob Hill and used to rely on the cable car bells as his alarm clock, strolled past. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "San Francisco's cable cars are part of the city's identity. We need a plan to bring them back soon," 20 Feb. 2021 The morning after Gus Malzahn was fired by Auburn, his alarm clock didn’t go off. Tom Green |, al, "Gus Malzahn was set to sit out a year. Now he believes UCF is getting the best version of him," 16 Feb. 2021 The Tide slept through its alarm clock for the 11 a.m. start, slipping into a double-digit hole in the first nine minutes Saturday in Columbia. Mike Rodak |, al, "Alabama’s wild late-game comeback falls short at Missouri for first SEC loss," 6 Feb. 2021 Maria noticed something out of place: Tara's alarm clock was under her bed. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, "Tara Grinstead murder: Did authorities miss leads that could have potentially solved the case over a decade ago?," 2 Jan. 2021 In a later tale, a Russian astronaut reports that, on Planet X213, people who don’t want to get up in the morning just grab the alarm clock and eat it and go back to sleep. Joan Acocella, The New Yorker, "The Italian Genius Who Mixed Marxism and Children’s Literature," 7 Dec. 2020 Tara's purse and keys were missing, her alarm clock was under the bed and a bedside lamp was broken — but there was no other overt sign of a struggle. Alec Sirken, CBS News, "Was a beauty queen-turned-teacher murdered by a former student from her school?," 1 Jan. 2021 Lenovo Smart Clock Essential smart alarm clock for $23.74 at Lenovo (use code: EXTRAFIVE—normally $50). Ars Staff, Ars Technica, "The Apple Watch Series 6 is $60 off at Amazon today," 22 Dec. 2020 This smart alarm clock simulates the sunrise to make waking up a little bit easier. Ellen Mcalpine, CNN Underscored, "Tech gifts everyone on your list will love," 21 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of alarm clock

1662, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of alarm clock was in 1662

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28 Feb 2021

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“Alarm clock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of alarm clock

: a clock that can be set to sound an alarm at any desired time

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Kids Definition of alarm clock

: a clock that can be set to sound an alarm at a desired time

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