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emergency

n. a sudden, unforeseen happening which requires action to correct or to protect lives and/or property.

emergency

noun accident, casus, climacteric, condiiion of insufficiency, crisis, critical point, crucial period, difficulty, dilemma, discrimen, exigency, extremity, insuffiiiency of service, last minute need, necessitousness, need, need for action, plight, predicament, pressing necessity, pressing need, strait, sudden peril, tempus, unexpected happening, unforeseen condition, unforeeeen occurrence, urgency
Associated concepts: Emergency Court of Appeals, Emergency Defense Act, emergency employment doctrine, Emergency Price Control Act, private necessity, public emergency, public necessity
See also: casualty, catastrophe, debacle, disaster, peril, plight, predicament, quagmire

emergency

1 in the law relating to civil defence or civil contingencies, an event or situation which threatens serious damage to human welfare in a place in the United Kingdom, an event or situation which threatens serious damage to the environment of a place in the United Kingdom, or war, or terrorism, which threatens serious damage to the security of the United Kingdom. An event or situation threatens damage to human welfare only if it involves, causes or may cause loss of human life, human illness or injury, homelessness, damage to property, disruption of a supply of money, food, water, energy or fuel, disruption of a system of communication, disruption of facilities for transport, or disruption of services relating to health. An event or situation threatens damage to the environment only if it involves, causes or may cause contamination of land, water or air with biological, chemical or radioactive matter, or disruption or destruction of plant life or animal life.
2 in the law relating to fire and rescue, an event or situation that causes or is likely to cause one or more individuals to die, be seriously injured or become seriously ill, or serious harm to the environment (including the life and health of plants and animals).
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In the supreme emergency of war, the telephone is as indispensable, very nearly, as the cannon.
The inner air was not renewed, but the reservoirs, filled ready for any emergency, were now resorted to, and discharged several cubic feet of oxygen into the exhausted atmosphere of the Nautilus.
The lieutenant, returning from a tour after a bandage, produced from a hidden receptacle of his mind new and portentous oaths suited to the emergency.
Meanwhile, do not be surprised at anything that happens; prepare yourself for every emergency.
And these are the possessions that have always made me a person to be depended upon in an emergency.
Selecting a great bull, Juag and I hurled our weapons simultaneously, Dian reserving hers for an emergency.
I did my best to prepare myself for every emergency that could happen; I tried to arm myself beforehand against every possible accident that could befall me.
In the present emergency, he decided on returning to the subject, and on hastening the meeting between the two women which he had first suggested at Mr.
But when a serious emergency tried the metal of which she was really made, the people who were loudest in laughing at her stood aghast, and wondered what had become of the familiar companion of their everyday lives.
In the face of such a pecuniary emergency as this, the Directors thought it desirable to consider their position.
If he had belonged to the present generation he would, under the circumstances, have fallen into one of the besetting sins of England in these days--the tendency (to borrow an illustration from the stage) to "strike an attitude" in the presence of a social emergency.
What has been trusted to me as the safest means of transmission, might, in an emergency, be committed to a cable.
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