from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An occurrence causing widespread destruction and distress; a catastrophe.
- n. A grave misfortune.
- n. Informal A total failure: The dinner party was a disaster.
- n. Obsolete An evil influence of a star or planet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An unexpected natural or man-made catastrophe of substantial extent causing significant physical damage or destruction, loss of life or sometimes permanent change to the natural environment.
- n. An unforeseen event causing great loss, upset or unpleasantness of whatever kind.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An unpropitious or baleful aspect of a planet or star; malevolent influence of a heavenly body; hence, an ill portent.
- n. An adverse or unfortunate event, esp. a sudden and extraordinary misfortune; a calamity; a serious mishap.
- transitive v. To blast by the influence of a baleful star.
- transitive v. To bring harm upon; to injure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. . An unfavorable aspect of a star or planet; an ill portent; a blast or stroke of an unfavorable planet.
- n. Misfortune; mishap; calamity; any unfortunate event; especially, a sudden or great misfortune: a word used with much latitude, but most appropriately for some unforeseen event of a very distressing or overwhelming nature.
- n. Synonyms Calamity, Catastrophe, etc. (see misfortune); blow, stroke, reverse.
- To blast by the stroke of an unlucky planet. Spenser.
- To injure; afflict.
- To blemish; disfigure.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an event resulting in great loss and misfortune
- n. a state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and misfortune
- n. an act that has disastrous consequences
The phrase "disaster of biblical proportions" is becoming as common in the media as "war-torn country".
To see vindication and victory in disaster is just not a wise course to follow.
In a single effort behind the camera Irwin Allen gave new meaning to the term disaster movie.
After the title disaster of Aspire to the Heavens, I was happy to agree.
“The word disaster is one I could have lived without, thank you very much.”
We have little time to make ready for the coining disaster, and few personnel to employ.
For the purposes of this subdivision, the term disaster refers to all natural hazards which could have impact on public safety.
"I wonder, Jeff, what auntie would say if, instead of working out such pleasant consequences to us, all these things had ended only in what we term disaster, and bad luck, and poverty, and death -- as happens so often to many people."
Now that I've established what I mean by the term disaster recovery, I'll clarify what constitutes a disaster.
The amazement that theists seem to have in the face of atheists openly banding together and donating money and resources to help with a disaster is a sad thing.