from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An intimation, threat, or sign of impending danger or evil.
  • n. Advice to beware.
  • n. Counsel to desist from a specified undesirable course of action.
  • n. A cautionary or deterrent example.
  • n. Something, such as a signal, that warns.
  • adj. Acting or serving to warn: a warning light; warning words.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of warn.
  • n. The action of the verb warn; an instance of warning someone.
  • n. Something spoken or written that is intended to warn.
  • interj. Used to warn of danger in signs and notices.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Giving previous notice; cautioning; admonishing.
  • n. Previous notice.
  • n. Caution against danger, or against faults or evil practices which incur danger; admonition; monition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In biology, serving as a menace to enemies; of threatening aspect: somewhat specially used of a strikingly conspicuous coloration. See the quotation.
  • n. Notice beforehand of the consequences that will probably follow continuance in some particular course; admonitory advice to do or to abstain from doing something, as in reference to approaching a probable danger.
  • n. That which warns, or serves to warn or admonish.
  • n. Heed; the lesson taught by or to be learned from a caution given.
  • n. Previous notice: as, a short warning.
  • n. A summons; a call; a bidding.
  • n. A notice given to terminate a business relation, as that of master and servant, employer and employee, landlord and tenant; a notice to quit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. serving to warn
  • n. notification of something, usually in advance
  • n. a message informing of danger
  • n. cautionary advice about something imminent (especially imminent danger or other unpleasantness)


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