warn

Definitions

  • Warning. Neapolitan
    Warning. Neapolitan
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v warn notify, usually in advance "I warned you that I would ask some difficult questions"
    • v warn ask to go away "The old man warned the children off his property"
    • v warn notify of danger, potential harm, or risk "The director warned him that he might be fired","The doctor warned me about the dangers of smoking"
    • v warn admonish or counsel in terms of someone's behavior "I warned him not to go too far","I warn you against false assumptions","She warned him to be quiet"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A U.S. company came out with a toilet night-light that sends out a green warning beacon when the seat is up
    • Warn To give notice to, of approaching or probable danger or evil; to caution against anything that may prove injurious. "Juturna warns the Daunian chief of Lausus' danger, urging swift relief."
    • Warn To make ware or aware; to give previous information to; to give notice to; to notify; to admonish; hence, to notify or summon by authority; as, to warn a town meeting; to warn a tenant to quit a house. "Warned of the ensuing fight.""Cornelius the centurion . . . was warned from God by an holy angel to send for thee.""Who is it that hath warned us to the walls?"
    • v. t Warn To refuse. "He is too great a niggard that will wern A man to light a candle at his lantern."
    • Warn To ward off.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: About 85% or product warning labels on household products are inadequate
    • n warn A denial; refusal.
    • warn To put on guard by timely notice; wake, ware, or give notice to beforehand, as of approaching danger or of something to be avoided or guarded against; caution; admonish; tell or command admonishingly; advise.
    • warn To admonish, as to any duty; advise; ex postulate with.
    • warn To apprise; give notice to; make ware or aware; inform previously; notify; direct; bid; summon.
    • warn To deny; refuse; forbid.
    • warn To defend; keep or ward off.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In 1965, LBJ enacted a law requiring cigarette manufacturers to put health warnings on their packages.
    • v.t Warn wawrn to make wary or aware: to put on ward or guard: to give notice of danger: to caution against: to admonish:
    • adj Warn of threatening aspect
    • v.t Warn wawrn (Spens.) to defend
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Quotations

  • Thomas Szasz
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    “The proverb warns; Don't bite the hand that feeds you. But maybe you should, if it prevents you from feeding yourself.”
  • Frank A. Clark
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    “A man's conscience, like a warning line on the highway, tells him what he shouldn't do -- but it does not keep him from doing it.”
  • H. L. Mencken
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    “Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone may be looking.”
  • Dale Carnegie
    Dale%20Carnegie
    “Criticism of others is futile and if you indulge in it often you should be warned that it can be fatal to your career.”
  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not an example.”
  • James Baldwin
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    “Voyagers discover that the world can never be larger than the person that is in the world; but it is impossible to foresee this, it is impossible to be warned.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. warnen, warnien, AS. warnian, wearnian, to take heed, to warn; akin to AS. wearn, denial, refusal, OS. warning, wernian, to refuse, OHG. warnen, G. warnen, to warn, OFries. warna, werna, Icel. varna, to refuse; and probably to E. wary,.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. warnian; cf. Ice. varna, to warn, forbid, Ger. warnen; allied to ward, beware, wary.

Usage

In literature:

Somebody better warn the major, or there'll be merry hell and a military funeral one of these days.
"They of the High Trails" by Hamlin Garland
Then he remembered his promise to the sick man, and Helen's own warning, and recovered a partial mastery of himself.
"Thurston of Orchard Valley" by Harold Bindloss
Prester Kleig had no hope that his warning would be in time, but he would always feel better for having given it.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science April 1930" by Various
Peter crouched down under the warning pressure of McKay's hand.
"The Country Beyond" by James Oliver Curwood
Without indication or warning, he came upon one of those strangely hidden valleys in which the prairie near the Rockies abounds.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
For an instant she thought of the doctor and his words of warning.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
We will send out a general warning.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, June, 1930" by Various
A warning siren resounded through our corridor, warning the bandits of De Boer's next move.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, October, 1930" by Various
Kate Seton had warned him, but her warning had not touched him as the exhibition he now beheld did.
"The Law-Breakers" by Ridgwell Cullum
Instantly I pressed the attention signal that warned every man on the ship.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science January 1931" by Various
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In poetry:

"A light, a guide, a warning,
A presence ever near,
Through the deep silence of the flesh
I reach the inward ear.
"The Vision Of Echard" by John Greenleaf Whittier
I cannot tell; the Furies send
No warning ere their bolts arrive.
'Tis best to reach our chosen end
Late but alive.
"Carmen Circulare" by Rudyard Kipling
And with one foot on the water,
And one upon the shore,
The Angel of Shadow gives warning
That day shall be no more.
"The Red River Voyageur" by John Greenleaf Whittier
"And who shall warn Fitzgibbon? Who?
My weakness is my bale;
At such an hour of pressing need,
O that my aid should fail!
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
The very brightness of the sun
The splendour of the main,
The wind which bore him wildly on
Should not have warned in vain.
"The Wanderer From The Fold" by Emily Jane Bronte
Bird and the beast
Have the dew yet;
My road shines dry,
Theirs bright and wet:
Death gives no warning,
On this May morning.
"A May Morning" by William H Davies

In news:

Attorney general warns of scams on fund collection for children killed in Argyle fire.
British military officials warned today that Mohammad Zahir Shah, the former Afghan king who returned from exile this week, was under the threat of assassination from killers posing as journalists.
Illinois Comptroller Issues Financial Warning.
WI AG warns voter fraud can be 'easily' committed in badger state .
Updated Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012, at 5:35 a.m. LONDON — Britain's weak economy may shrink in the last three months of the year and growth will remain sluggish into 2013, the governor of the Bank of England warned Wednesday.
LONDON (AP) — Britain's weak economy may shrink in the last three months of the year and growth will remain sluggish into 2013, the governor of the Bank of England warned Wednesday.
Britain's weak economy may shrink in the last three months of the year and growth will remain sluggish into 2013, the governor of the Bank of England warned Wednesday.
Bankrate Warns of Big 3Q Miss, Shares Tumble 25.
Warnings out for Barbados , other countries.
Rove Warns of 'Show Trial,' Says Dems 'Would Love to Have Me Barbecued '.
NEW YORK—The NBA issued flopping warnings to Minnesotas JJ Barea and Clevelands Donald Sloan on Monday, the first two under a new policy designed to end the act.
The NBA issued flopping warnings to Minnesota's JJ Barea and Cleveland's Donald Sloan on Monday, the first two under a new policy designed to end the act.
Barea , Donald Sloan first to receive flop warnings.
Barea , Sloan get 1st flopping warnings.
Issues Pair of Flopping Warnings.
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In science:

Nevertheless, we consider the minimum at τ = 0.7 years as a strong warning signal about possible problems with the time delay estimation for HE 1104-1805.
Bias and consistency in time delay estimation methods: case of the double quasar HE 1104-1805
We warn the reader that however our list is not complete.
Generalized Weyl systems and kappa-Minkowski space
In fact, the warning depends explicitly only on (xj )j∈I (a)\i .
Constraint Satisfaction by Survey Propagation
We first try to find a recursion relation for the related histograms of the warnings ~ua→i (~s) over all solutions ~s ∈ SC .
Constraint Satisfaction by Survey Propagation
This part of the factor graph is the one necessary to compute the messages (warning and belief ) passed from the function node a to the variable node i.
Constraint Satisfaction by Survey Propagation
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