alarm clock

noun

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 Screens are the only divider separating you from the forest; you’ll be waked by howler monkeys rather than by an alarm clock, and entertained by the parrots, monkeys and toucans that like to hang out in the trees by the pool. Danielle Braff, Houston Chronicle, "10 of the world's most beautiful places to unplug," 27 Dec. 2019 Simply trade in your plain water cup for a colorful sub-in, or go all out with decorative boxes, a modern alarm clock, and a cute journal for late-night thoughts. Stacia Affelt, Country Living, "6 Quick and Gorgeous Ways to Make Over Your Bedroom This Weekend," 17 July 2019 Your alarm clock might be the sound of monkeys playing in the trees — or warthogs and antelope walking beneath your tent. Peter Terzian, Travel + Leisure, "In Kenya, an Epic Photographic Safari Through Some of Africa's Most Dramatic Landscapes," 18 Apr. 2020 Getting up early The alarm clock is not our readers’ friend. Jane Morice | Jmorice@cleveland.com, cleveland, "What are Ohioans missing, not missing about pre-coronavirus life? Readers’ top answers," 16 Apr. 2020 Other clocks around your house or car (e.g., your microwave or bedside alarm clock) will need to be changed manually. Channing King, Indianapolis Star, "Get ready to spring forward in time for daylight saving time," 5 Mar. 2020 Of all the gadgets smartphones usurped and sent to the grave, the alarm clock was among the first and most deserving. Matt Jancer, Wired, "The Best Sunrise Alarms to Help You Rise and Shine," 5 Feb. 2020 Apparently, Natalie tested out other kinds of movement on her own using the baby monitor to compare the colorful blobs—her baby moving, her husband rocking their baby, and even the alarm clock. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Suspicious Figures Showed Up on Someone's Baby Monitor, And Now They Think Their House Is Haunted," 14 Aug. 2019 Screens are the only divider separating you from the forest; you’ll be waked by howler monkeys rather than by an alarm clock, and entertained by the parrots, monkeys and toucans that like to hang out in the trees by the pool. Danielle Braff, Houston Chronicle, "10 of the world's most beautiful places to unplug," 27 Dec. 2019

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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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8 May 2020

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“Alarm clock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/alarm%20clock. Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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alarm clock

noun

English Language Learners Definition of alarm clock

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

alarm clock

noun

Kids Definition of alarm clock

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

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