Skip to definition.
Get the FREE one-click dictionary software for Windows or the iPhone/iPad and Android apps


Noun: emergency  i'mur-jun(t)-see
  1. A sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action
    "he never knew what to do in an emergency";
    - exigency, pinch, exigence
     
  2. A state in which martial law applies
    "the governor declared a state of emergency"
     
  3. A brake operated by hand; usually operates by mechanical linkage
    - hand brake, emergency brake, parking brake
     
  4. [N. Amer] Emergency department in a hospital or clinic, staffed and equipped to provide emergency care to people requiring immediate medical treatment
    - emergency room [N. Amer], ER [N. Amer], casualty [Brit], accident and emergency [Brit]

Derived forms: emergencies

Type of: brake, crisis, hospital room, temporary state

Part of: automotive vehicle, motor vehicle

Encyclopedia: Emergency