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emergency

noun, emer·gen·cy often attributive \i-ˈmər-jənt-sē\

: an unexpected and usually dangerous situation that calls for immediate action

plural emer·gen·cies

Full Definition of EMERGENCY

1
:  an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action
2
:  an urgent need for assistance or relief <the mayor declared a state of emergency after the flood>

Examples of EMERGENCY

  1. Her quick thinking in an emergency saved the baby's life.
  2. <an alert, quick-thinking girl who is good to have around in an emergency>

First Known Use of EMERGENCY

circa 1631

emergency

noun emer·gen·cy \i-ˈmər-jən-sē\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural emer·gen·cies

Medical Definition of EMERGENCY

:  an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action: as a :  a sudden bodily alteration (as a ruptured appendix or surgical shock) such as is likely to require immediate medical attention b :  a usually distressing event or condition that can often be anticipated or prepared for but seldom exactly foreseen

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