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 They're known as the spring peepers -- Mother Nature's spring alarm clock that can be heard near dusk and into the night, a chorus of serenading tiny frogs that shout the warmer days are coming. Tom Sater, CNN, "It's no joke -- thunder wakes the peepers and brings good crops of corn and hay," 31 Mar. 2021 At 10 years old, Madeline was becoming a little obsessed with her alarm clock. Eoin O'carroll, The Christian Science Monitor, "On the clock: How the clock became king," 29 Mar. 2021 Your alarm clock goes off, it's probably made with plastic that's been made from petrochemicals. Salena Zito, Washington Examiner, "API president says he hopes for a seat at the table in Biden administration," 25 Feb. 2021 Saturday’s contest will be another early tip off for the Tide, which has seemed to sleep through its alarm clock for such starts this season. Mike Rodak |, al, "Alabama to honor seniors after Saturday’s game against Vanderbilt," 19 Feb. 2021 And the blaring alarm from an old-fashioned alarm clock or your smartphone certainly doesn't help. Travel + Leisure, "The Best Gentle Alarm Clocks — From Sunrise Lamps to Timed Coffee Makers," 6 Apr. 2021 If every day were Opening Day, nobody would ever need an alarm clock. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, "Paul Daugherty: Opening Day works best as a concept. Nothing wrong with that.," 1 Apr. 2021 If the phone is used as an alarm, buy an alarm clock. Lauren Corona,, "How to fall asleep fast," 29 Mar. 2021 Hatch Restore is a multitasking device: a smart alarm clock, but also so much more. Elizabeth Wallace, CNN Underscored, "Hatch Restore can customize your sleep routine with lights, sounds and more," 17 Mar. 2021

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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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11 May 2021

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“Alarm clock.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 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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