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

  • n. A chance; an accident.
  • n. A chance of being injured or harmed; danger: Space travel is full of hazards.
  • n. A possible source of danger: a fire hazard.
  • n. Games A dice game similar to craps.
  • n. Sports An obstacle, such as a sand trap, found on a golf course.
  • transitive v. To expose to danger or harm. See Synonyms at endanger.
  • transitive v. To venture (something); dare: hazard a guess.

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  • n. sand or water obstacle on a golf course
  • v. To expose to chance; to take a risk.
  • v. To incur or venture.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A game of chance played with dice.
  • n. The uncertain result of throwing a die; hence, a fortuitous event; chance; accident; casualty.
  • n. Risk; danger; peril.
  • n. Holing a ball, whether the object ball (winning hazard) or the player's ball (losing hazard).
  • n. Anything that is hazarded or risked, as the stakes in gaming.
  • n. Any place into which the ball may not be safely played, such as bunkers, furze, water, sand, or other kind of bad ground.
  • intransitive v. To try the chance; to encounter risk or danger.
  • transitive v. To expose to the operation of chance; to put in danger of loss or injury; to venture; to risk.
  • transitive v. To venture to incur, or bring on.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To take the chance of; venture to do, undertake, etc.
  • To take the risk or danger of; run the risk of incurring or bringing to pass: as, to hazard the loss of reputation or of a battle.
  • To imperil; expose to danger or loss: as, to hazard life for a friend; to hazard an estate recklessly.
  • To incur the danger involved in; venture.
  • To expose to the risk of; put in danger of: with to.
  • Synonyms To jeopard, peril, imperil, endanger. See danger, and risk, n.
  • To try the chance; adventure; run the risk or danger.
  • n. The leading game at dice.
  • n. A fortuitous event; chance; accident.
  • n. Risk; peril; exposure to danger; liability to do or to receive harm: as, the hazards of the sea; he did it at the hazard of his reputation.
  • n. One of the holes in the sides of a billiard-table.
  • n. Hence A stroke in billiards: known as losing hazard when the player pockets his own ball off another, and as winning hazard when he pockets the object-ball.
  • n. Something risked or staked.
  • n. In tennis and some similar games, that side of the court into which the ball is served. See tennis.
  • n. Synonyms Venture, etc. See risk, n.
  • n. In golf, a bunker, water, path, road, railway, fence, or ditch.

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

  • v. put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation
  • v. put at risk
  • n. an obstacle on a golf course
  • n. a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune
  • v. take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome
  • n. an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another


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

Middle English hasard, dice game, from Old French, possibly from Old Spanish azar, possibly from Arabic az-zahr, the gaming die : al-, the + zahr, gaming die.

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From Old French hasart ("a game of dice") (noun), hasarder (verb), probably from Arabic الزّهر (az-zahr, "the dice").


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