American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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.
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.
- n. A situation such as a natural or man-made disaster requiring urgent assistance.
- n. Canada, US The department of a hospital that treats emergencies.
- n. archaic The quality of being emergent; sudden or unexpected appearance; an unforeseen occurrence.
- adj. Related to the emergency or to the provision of assistance.
GNU Webster's 1913
- 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.
- 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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“Despite the prevalent use of the term emergency cesarean, this surgery is fairly rare.”
“The term 'emergency' is being used in a fast and loose fashion to cover yet more indecisive murmurings around the Greek bailout," he added in emailed comments.”
“In Smiley's case, there was mix-up in terminology: An FAA air traffic manager reported to the Air Force that he had a signal from an emergency beacon; the Air Force uses the term emergency transponder.”
“I think the term emergency declaration sounds more dramatic than it really is," said Dr. Peter Hotez, a research professor and chairman of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine at George Washington University.”
“3. The term emergency men was coined by Jacob Burckhardt, nineteenth-century Swiss historian, and author of The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy 1860, among other classics.”
“They were led there by the suspect, a Swedish man of Lebanese descent who was detained attempting to leave the country on Friday after the U.S. Embassy issued what it described as an "emergency message" to American nationals here.”
“There are what we call emergency locator transmitters.”
“As Kim Lane Scheppele and Oren Gross have both recently argued, there are a spate of "emergency powers" laws on the books that presidents often take advantage of, so that, increasingly, "the emergency is the norm," again as Schmitt might have predicted.”
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