alarm clock


  • WordNet 3.6
    • n alarm clock a clock that wakes a sleeper at some preset time
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Apparently 1/3 of people with alarm clocks hit the 'snooze' button every morning, and from 25-34 age group, it is over 1/2
    • Alarm clock a clock or watch which can be so set as to ring or strike loudly at a prearranged hour, to wake from sleep, or excite attention.
    • Alarm clock See under Alarm.
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    “You will find the key to success under the alarm clock.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “An alarm clock is a device that makes you rise and whine.”
  • Pablo Picasso
    “Work is necessary for man. Man invented the alarm clock.”


In literature:

I've got an alarm clock that does that sort of thing!
"Sunlight Patch" by Credo Fitch Harris
A gear and a pinion are salvaged from the works of an old alarm-clock, and mounted on a piece of brass, as shown.
"Boys' Book of Model Boats" by Raymond Francis Yates
Kelley slept like a top, but woke at the first faint dawn, with the precision of an alarm-clock.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
Two days later I sent, by a messenger, to the chief lama, as presents, a watch, an alarm clock, and a thermometer.
"The Unknown Life of Jesus Christ" by Nicolas Notovitch
She did not say "charrmed" like an alarm-clock breaking out.
"In a Little Town" by Rupert Hughes
Minky pointed to the alarm-clock on the gambler's table.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
And what sort of an alarm-clock do you use?
"The Wall Street Girl" by Frederick Orin Bartlett
The metal alarm clock ticked away upon the wooden top of her bureau, and the sound pervaded the room with its steady throb.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
I gotta left hand that's got morphine lookin' like a alarm clock!
"Kid Scanlan" by H. C. Witwer
You see, we had a big rush all day, and on top of that, about twelve o'clock, an alarm of fire next door.
"Money Magic" by Hamlin Garland
True sleep came to Mamise so late that her alarm-clock could hardly awaken her.
"The Cup of Fury" by Rupert Hughes
About six o'clock in the evening the ship's company was heard moving upon deck, which on the present occasion was rather the cause of alarm.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 16 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Yes, I simply daren't go to sleep without an alarm clock.
"I'll Leave It To You" by Noel Coward
An alarm-clock aroused them at the appointed time.
"Air Service Boys Over The Enemy's Lines" by Charles Amory Beach
Nice story the alarm clock would make in the papers!
"The Deaves Affair" by Hulbert Footner
The alarm clock wakened him from the disturbing dream.
"Mate in Two Moves" by Winston Marks
Barney got hold of the alarm and set it for nine o'clock.
"The Daughters of a Genius" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
About three o'clock in the morning the alarm-gun announced the approach of the enemy.
"The Student's Life of Washington; Condensed from the Larger Work of Washington Irving" by Washington Irving
The situation along the line of the Great Western at four o'clock this sultry afternoon was indeed alarming.
"Harper's Round Table, August 6, 1895" by Various
Then memory thudded within her, and the alarm-clock again thudded beneath the pillow.
"Just Around the Corner" by Fannie Hurst

In poetry:

On callers we have put no stops,
We love the iceman and the cops,
And no alarm clock with its ticks
And bell to ring at half-past six.
"Help" by Franklin Pierce Adams
Five minutes before the bell punctuates
Visiting time, his friend opens an alarm-clock eye.
The visitor checks his watch.
Market day. The Duck and Pheasant will be still open.
"Ten Types of Hospital Visitor" by Charles Causley
together, extravagantly young in their tight lock.
Old man, you are their father holding court
in the dingy hall until their alarm clock
rings and unwinds them. You unstopper the quart
"Doors, Doors, Doors" by Anne Sexton
'Twas about five o'clock in the morning the fire did break out,
While one of the workmen was inspecting the premises round about—
Luckily before any one had begun their work for the day—
So he instantly gave the alarm without delay.
"The Clepington Catastrophe" by William Topaz McGonagall
Narrow bed-room in the City in the hard days that are dead—
An alarm clock on the table, and a pale boy on the bed:
Arvie Aspinalls Alarm Clock with its harsh and startling call
Never more shall break his slumbers—I was Arvie Aspinall.
"The Last Review" by Henry Lawson

In news:

Imagine the Grateful Dead doing a Strawberry Alarm Clock retrospective with a little ska beat here and there.
Police say two of these alarm clocks were connected to the explosive materials in the SUV.
The clock features a rotating photo frame, an alarm clock , video, music, an audio book, and a calendar.
That includes your alarm clock , of course, but also the microwave clock .
When people set their clocks back one hour for the end of Daylight Saving Time, firefighters also encourage people to change the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.
Also, when you change your clocks back, you also need to change the batteries in your smoke alarms.
Remember, rely on smoke alarms to wake you up if there is a fire, just as you rely on an alarm clock to wake you up to get ready for work.
Like the ringing of an alarm clock, a cluster headache announces itself every morning or night.
If you are a hotel chain with thousands of alarm clocks and treadmills which have the old Apple connectors in place you have a huge choice to make… Do you upgrade the devices or provide adapters at $29 apiece.
(WIBW)-- The Shawnee County Courthouse was evacuated Monday morning as a fire alarm sounded in the 9 o'clock hour.
Rather than using sun cycles, we began relying on alarm clocks.
NEW ABC 30 Alarm Clock App.
The ABC30 Alarm Clock App wakes you up and keeps you informed.
The THINK SQUAD helps a girl whose alarm clocks keep running too fast.
I know it is because I made "Party in the USA" my alarm clock song.

In science:

The standard way of fixing this is to attach an “alarm clock” to each node, edge, and face, which wakes them up at random times according to a Poisson process (the edge-clock is much slower than the other two).
Determining the Genus of a Map by Local Observation of a Simple Random Process
Roughly speaking, the dynamics can be described as follows: To each bond b = {x, y} ∈ E (ω) associate an exponential alarm clock with mean waiting time 1/ω(b).
Random walks and exclusion processes among random conductances on random infinite clusters: homogenization and hydrodynamic limit
When the clock rings, the particle configurations at sites x and y are exchanged and the alarm clock restarts afresh.
Random walks and exclusion processes among random conductances on random infinite clusters: homogenization and hydrodynamic limit
The style of programming in JBOTS IM is event-driven: algorithms are defined as subroutines to be executed when some particular events occur (e.g. ring of an alarm clock, appearance/disappearance of an adjacent link, arrival of a message, movement of the underlying node, etc.).
The JBotSim Library
Perhaps the right thing to say is that, like the time the alarm clock sounds, it gets a little earlier every year.
Astrophysics in 2006