Definition of Danger

1. Noun. The condition of being susceptible to harm or injury. "There was widespread danger of disease"

2. Noun. A venture undertaken without regard to possible loss or injury. "There was a danger he would do the wrong thing"
Exact synonyms: Peril, Risk
Generic synonyms: Venture
Specialized synonyms: Chance, Crapshoot, Gamble
Derivative terms: Peril, Perilous, Risk, Risk, Risky, Risky

3. Noun. A cause of pain or injury or loss. "He feared the dangers of traveling by air"
Generic synonyms: Causal Agency, Causal Agent, Cause
Specialized synonyms: Endangerment, Hazard, Jeopardy, Peril, Risk, Powder Keg, Menace, Threat
Derivative terms: Dangerous

4. Noun. A dangerous place. "He moved out of danger"
Generic synonyms: Area, Country
Derivative terms: Dangerous

Definition of Danger

1. n. Authority; jurisdiction; control.

2. v. t. To endanger.

Definition of Danger

1. Noun. (obsolete) Ability to harm; someone's dominion or power to harm or penalise. See In one's danger, below. ¹

2. Noun. (obsolete) Liability. ¹

3. Noun. (obsolete) Difficulty; sparingness. ¹

4. Noun. (obsolete) Coyness; disdainful behavior. ¹

5. Noun. (obsolete) A place where one is in the hands of the enemy. ¹

6. Noun. Exposure to liable harm. ¹

7. Noun. An instance or cause of liable harm. ¹

8. Noun. Mischief. ¹

9. Verb. (obsolete) To claim liability. ¹

10. Verb. (obsolete) To imperil; to endanger. ¹

11. Verb. (obsolete) To run the risk. ¹

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Definition of Danger

1. to endanger [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: endanger

Medical Definition of Danger

1. 1. Authority; jurisdiction; control. "In dangerhad he . . . The young girls." (Chaucer) 2. Power to harm; subjection or liability to penalty. See In one's danger, below. "You stand within his danger, do you not?" (Shak) "Covetousness of gains hath brought [them] in dangerof this statute." (Robynson (More's Utopia)) 3. Exposure to injury, loss, pain, or other evil; peril; risk; insecurity. 4. Difficulty; sparingness. 5. Coyness; disdainful behavior. In one's danger, in one's power; liable to a penalty to be inflicted by him. This sense is retained in the proverb, "Out of debt out of danger." "Those rich man in whose debt and danger they be not." (Robynson (More's Utopia)) To do danger, to cause danger. Synonym: Peril, hazard, risk, jeopardy. Danger, Peril, Hazard, Risk, Jeopardy. Danger is the generic term, and implies some contingent evil in prospect. Peril is instant or impending danger; as, in peril of one's life. Hazard arises from something fortuitous or beyond our control; as, the hazard of the seas. Risk is doubtful or uncertain danger, often incurred voluntarily; as, to risk an engagement. Jeopardy is extreme danger. Danger of a contagious disease; the perils of shipwreck; the hazards of speculation; the risk of daring enterprises; a life brought into jeopardy. Origin: OE. Danger, daunger, power, arrogance, refusal, difficulty, fr. OF. Dagier, dongier (with same meaning), F. Danger danger, fr. An assumed LL. Dominiarium power, authority, from L. Dominium power, property. See Dungeon, Domain, Dame. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Danger

dang it
dang tootin'
dang tooting
danger (current term)
danger area
danger line
danger pay
danger space
danger spaces
danger zones

Literary usage of Danger

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Nature by Norman Lockyer (1878)
"2, in which А, в, and с represent three signals, and the spaces А в and в с two sections of the line ; at л is a treadle by which A is set at danger, ..."

2. The Federalist: A Commentary on the Constitution of the United States : a by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, John Jay, John Church Hamilton (1869)
"But if the union, as has been shown, be essential to the security of the people of America against foreign danger; if it be essential to their security ..."

3. The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides, Henry Dale, Thomas Arnold (1873)
"I consider myself to be second to none, whether in my private life or in other respects, yet now I am exposed to every danger, l.kc the very meanest. ..."

4. Journal of Researches Into the Natural History and Geology of the Countries by Charles Darwin (1846)
"The scene, however, was novel, and a little danger, like salt to meat, ... That the danger was very little was certain, for my two companions made a good ..."

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