Definitions for Emergencyɪˈmɜr dʒən si

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

e•mer•gen•cyɪˈmɜr dʒən si(n.; adj.)(pl.)-cies

  1. (n.)a sudden, urgent, usu. unexpected occurrence requiring immediate action.

  2. a situation requiring help or relief, usu. created by an unexpected event:

    a weather emergency.

  3. (adj.)required or used in an emergency:

    emergency lights.

Origin of emergency:

1625–35; < ML ēmergentia

Princeton's WordNet

  1. emergency, exigency, pinch(noun)

    a sudden unforeseen crisis (usually involving danger) that requires immediate action

    "he never knew what to do in an emergency"

  2. emergency(noun)

    a state in which martial law applies

    "the governor declared a state of emergency"

  3. hand brake, emergency, emergency brake, parking brake(noun)

    a brake operated by hand; usually operates by mechanical linkage

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. emergency(noun)ɪˈmɜr dʒən si

    a dangerous or very difficult situation

    It's important to remain calm in an emergency.; emergency medicine/surgery


  1. emergency(Noun)

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

  2. emergency(Noun)

    The department of a hospital that treats emergencies.

  3. emergency(Noun)

    The quality of being emergent; sudden or unexpected appearance; an unforeseen occurrence.

  4. emergency(Adjective)

    Related to the emergency or to the provision of assistance.

    emergency vehicles

Webster Dictionary

  1. Emergency(noun)

    sudden or unexpected appearance; an unforeseen occurrence; a sudden occasion

  2. Emergency(noun)

    an unforeseen occurrence or combination of circumstances which calls for immediate action or remedy; pressing necessity; exigency


  1. Emergency!

    Emergency! is an American television series that combines the medical drama and action-adventure genres. It was produced by Mark VII Limited and distributed by Universal Studios. It debuted as a midseason replacement on January 15, 1972, on NBC, replacing the two short-lived series The Partners and The Good Life, and ran until May 28, 1977, with six additional two-hour television films during the following two years. Emergency! was created and produced by Jack Webb and Robert A. Cinader, both of whom were also responsible for the police dramas Adam-12 and Dragnet. Harold Jack Bloom is also credited as a creator; Webb does not receive screen credit as a creator in the show's original TV-movie pilot, being only credited as its director. The series starred Randolph Mantooth and Kevin Tighe as two specially-trained firefighters who formed Squad 51, part of a then-innovative field known as paramedics who were authorized to provide initial emergency medical care to victims of accidents, fire and other incidents in the field.. Squad 51 worked in concert with the Rampart General Hospital medical staff, who took over each patient's case from the paramedics who worked in the field.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Emergency' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2605

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Emergency' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2938

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Emergency' in Nouns Frequency: #1057

Translations for Emergency

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an unexpected, especially dangerous happening or situation

Call the doctor; – it's an emergency; You must save some money for emergencies; (also adjective) an emergency exit.

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