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

  • n. A serious situation or occurrence that happens unexpectedly and demands immediate action.
  • n. A condition of urgent need for action or assistance: a state of emergency.
  • adj. For use during emergencies: emergency food rations.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A situation such as a natural or man-made disaster requiring urgent assistance.
  • n. The department of a hospital that treats emergencies.
  • n. The quality of being emergent; sudden or unexpected appearance; an unforeseen occurrence.
  • adj. Related to the emergency or to the provision of assistance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Sudden or unexpected appearance; an unforeseen occurrence; a sudden occasion.
  • n. An unforeseen occurrence or combination of circumstances which calls for immediate action or remedy; pressing necessity; exigency.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as emergence, 1.
  • n. A sudden or unexpected happening; an unforeseen occurrence or condition; specifically, a perplexing contingency or complication of circumstances.
  • n. A sudden or unexpected occasion for action; exigency; pressing necessity.
  • n. Something not calculated upon; an unexpected gain; a casual profit.
  • n. Synonyms Crisis, etc. (see exigency); pinch, strait.
  • Pertaining to or provided for an emergency; dealing with or for use in emergencies: as, an emergency man; an emergency wagon.

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

  • n. a state in which martial law applies
  • n. a brake operated by hand; usually operates by mechanical linkage
  • n. a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action

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