Definition of Emergency

1. Noun. A sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action. "He never knew what to do in an emergency"

Exact synonyms: Exigency, Pinch
Generic synonyms: Crisis
Derivative terms: Emergent, Exigent

2. Noun. A state in which martial law applies. "The governor declared a state of emergency"
Generic synonyms: Temporary State

3. Noun. A brake operated by hand; usually operates by mechanical linkage.
Exact synonyms: Emergency Brake, Hand Brake, Parking Brake
Generic synonyms: Brake
Group relationships: Automotive Vehicle, Motor Vehicle

Definition of Emergency

1. n. Sudden or unexpected appearance; an unforeseen occurrence; a sudden occasion.

Definition of Emergency

1. Noun. A situation such as a natural or man-made disaster requiring urgent assistance. ¹

2. Noun. (Canada US often attributive) The department of a hospital that treats emergencies. ¹

3. Noun. (archaic) The quality of being emergent; sudden or unexpected appearance; an unforeseen occurrence. ¹

4. Adjective. Related to the emergency or to the provision of assistance. ¹

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Definition of Emergency

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Medical Definition of Emergency

1. An unexpected development or happening; a sudden need for action. Origin: L. E-mergo, pp. -mersus, to rise up, emerge, fr. Mergo, to plunge into, dip (05 Mar 2000)

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Literary usage of Emergency

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

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"That by reason of the great necessity and emergency, herein set forth, large sums of money will be required to be expended by the city and county during the ..."

2. Energy Policies of IEA Countries: Denmark; 2006 Review by International Energy Agency (2006)
"The Danish emergency policy is consistent with all commitments requested by IEA emergency collective action plans. Denmark is well prepared in terms of ..."

3. Terrorism: U.S.-Russian Workshop Proceedings by Rossiĭskai︠a︡ akademii︠a︡ nauk (2004)
"The Ministry for Civil Defense, emergency Situations, and Elimination of the Consequences of Natural Disasters (MChS) became the central component in this ..."

4. Monitoring and Data Management Strategies for Nuclear Emergencies by OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (2000)
"Working group on emergency monitoring strategy follows: The Terms of Reference for the Working Group on emergency Monitoring Strategies are as 1. evaluate ..."

5. Biennial Report by California Dept. of Agriculture, California State Commission of Horticulture (1914)
"emergency CONVENTIONS. During the present year there have been held two emergency conven- • tions, one on the mealy bug at Ontario and the other on the ..."

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