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

Books, my alarm clock, my BlackBerry, a little fish dish that holds knickknacks, a hair scrunchie. Cortney Pellettieri, Good Housekeeping, "This Mom's Life: Soledad O'Brien," 7 June 2011 Fai Mathews wakes up each morning without an alarm clock, ready for her early morning job that begins at a downtown Seattle warehouse. Rachel Lerman, The Seattle Times, "The power of readers’ generosity: The Seattle Times kicks off latest Fund For the Needy," 19 Nov. 2018 Like actual sunrise alarm clocks on the market, this feature gradually mimics daybreak, going from black to crimson to burnt orange to peach to yellow, all in the 15 minutes before your alarm's set to go off. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Google's New Sunrise Alarm Lets You Wake Up Naturally, Before The Buzzer," 2 Nov. 2018 Sara Kate filled hers with her collection of oversize vases and glass vessels and added a few curiosities—a print, an alarm clock, and a vase of flowers—to break up the cluster of jugs. Wendy Manwarren Generes, Country Living, "Not Just for Cocktails: 4 Inventive New Uses for a Bar Cart," 25 Feb. 2014 In your son’s case, a Ulysses contract could involve putting his alarm clock in the bathroom. Dan Ariely, WSJ, "Breaking the Snooze-Button Habit," 5 Dec. 2018 Don’t change your alarm clock yet Research that explicitly sets out to answer a causal question but doesn’t quite get there leaves room for a lot of confusion, especially when the press release drums home causal claims. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "Being a morning person might have some health advantages," 12 Nov. 2018 This would be my alarm clock every morning around 7 for the next three and a half weeks, sometimes accompanied by the drifting strains of an international activewear brand’s transatlantic Skype team meetings. Ellen Freeman, Curbed, "I lived in a Tokyo coworking space," 28 Sep. 2018 The key to a less stressful day is starting it hours before your alarm clock goes off, says Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD, author of A Happy You: Your Ultimate Prescription for Happiness. Sarah Jio, Woman's Day, "10 Easy Ways to Streamline Your Day," 18 Nov. 2010

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1662, in the meaning defined above

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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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