What does Emergency mean?

Definitions for Emergency
ɪˈmɜr dʒən siemer·gen·cy

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Emergency.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. emergency, exigency, pinchnoun

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

    "he never knew what to do in an emergency"

  2. emergencynoun

    a state in which martial law applies

    "the governor declared a state of emergency"

  3. hand brake, emergency, emergency brake, parking brakenoun

    a brake operated by hand; usually operates by mechanical linkage


  1. emergencynoun

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

  2. emergencynoun

    The department of a hospital that treats emergencies.

  3. emergencynoun

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

  4. emergencyadjective

    Related to the emergency or to the provision of assistance.

    emergency vehicles

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Emergence, Emergencynoun

    Etymology: from emerge.

    We have read of a tyrant, who tried to prevent the emergence of murdered bodies. Thomas Browne, Vulgar Errours, b. iv. c. 1.

    The emergency of colours, upon coalition of the particles of such bodies, as were neither of them of the colour of that mixture whereof they are ingredients, is very well worth our attentive observation. Robert Boyle, on Colours.

    The white colour of all refracted light, at its very first emergence, where it appears as white as before its incidence, is compounded of various colours. Isaac Newton, Opt.

    Most of our rarities have been found out by casual emergency, and have been the works of time and chance rather than of philosophy. Joseph Glanvill, Sceps. c. 21.

    In any case of emergency, he would employ the whole wealth of his empire, which he had thus amassed together in his subterraneous exchequer. Joseph Addison, Freeholder.


  1. Emergency

    An emergency is an urgent, unexpected, and usually dangerous situation that poses an immediate risk to health, life, property, or environment and requires immediate action. Most emergencies require urgent intervention to prevent a worsening of the situation, although in some situations, mitigation may not be possible and agencies may only be able to offer palliative care for the aftermath. While some emergencies are self-evident (such as a natural disaster that threatens many lives), many smaller incidents require that an observer (or affected party) decide whether it qualifies as an emergency. The precise definition of an emergency, the agencies involved and the procedures used, vary by jurisdiction, and this is usually set by the government, whose agencies (emergency services) are responsible for emergency planning and management.


  1. emergency

    An emergency is a serious, unexpected, often dangerous situation requiring immediate action or attention. This can pertain to various scenarios including health crises, natural disasters or, urgent needs in businesses and other sectors.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Emergencynoun

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

  2. Emergencynoun

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

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. emergency

    Imminent want in difficult circumstances.

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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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Emergency in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Emergency in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Emergency in a Sentence

  1. Dror Ladin:

    The Constitution assigns Congress the power of the purse, and no prior president has ever tried to use emergency powers to fund a chosen project -- particularly a permanent, large-scale domestic project such as this -- against congressional will. This is obviously improper.

  2. Toshihiko Yamazaki:

    Clinics in the residential and office areas seem to be operating on the brink, even if the state of emergency is lifted, patients won't be able to return as long as there is a risk of infection.

  3. Takumi Tsunoda:

    Output will likely be positive in the first quarter, but we expect (economic) growth to be negative. The biggest reason is the contraction in private spending due to the state of emergency.

  4. Ozlem Derici:

    The risk of capital flight remains unless the measures adopted during the state of emergency are revealed clearly.

  5. Bernie Sanders:

    I will be very soon introducing legislation in the Senate to establish a $ 20 billion emergency trust fund to help states and local communities purchase hospitals that are in financial distress, in my view, any time a hospital is put up for sale in America, the local community or the state must have the right to buy it first with emergency financial assistance.

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Translations for Emergency

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  • طوارئ, حالة طوارئ, حالة الطوارئArabic
  • спешен случайBulgarian
  • emergència, urgènciaCatalan, Valencian
  • pohotovost, nouze, nouzová situaceCzech
  • Notfall, Notstand, NotlageGerman
  • έκτακτη ανάγκηGreek
  • urgencia, emergenciaSpanish
  • hätätilanne, hätä, teho-osastoFinnish
  • crise, urgence, urgencesFrench
  • èiginnScottish Gaelic
  • urxencia, emerxenciaGalician
  • שעת חירוםHebrew
  • emergenzaItalian
  • 非常時, 緊急事態Japanese
  • 비상 사태Korean
  • lezgînKurdish
  • noodDutch
  • emergência, urgênciaPortuguese
  • реанимация, ч. п., экстренная ситуация, чрезвычайное происшествие, отделение неотложной помощи, чрезвычайное положение, неотложкаRussian
  • akutmottagning, akut, nödSwedish
  • అత్యవసరTelugu
  • acil durumTurkish

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