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Definitions for casualty
ˈkæʒ u əl tica·su·al·ty

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. casualtynoun

    someone injured or killed or captured or missing in a military engagement

  2. casualty, injured partynoun

    someone injured or killed in an accident

  3. fatal accident, casualtynoun

    an accident that causes someone to die

  4. casualtynoun

    a decrease of military personnel or equipment


  1. casualtynoun

    Chance nature; randomness.

  2. casualtynoun

    Something that happens by chance, especially an unfortunate event; an accident, a disaster.

  3. casualtynoun

    A person suffering from injuries or who has been killed due to an accident or through an act of violence.

  4. casualtynoun

    The accident and emergency department of a hospital

  5. Etymology: From casualitas (compare casuality).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Casualtynoun

    Etymology: from casual.

    With more patience men endure the losses that befall them by mere casualty, than the damages which they sustain by injustice. Walter Raleigh, Essays.

    That Octavius Cæsar should shift his camp that night that it happened to be took by the enemy, was a mere casualty; yet it preserved a person, who lived to establish a total alteration of government in the imperial city of the world. South.

    Builds in the weather on the outward wall,
    Ev’n in the force and road of casualty. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    It is observed in particular nations, that, within the space of two or three hundred years, notwithstanding all casualties, the number of men doubles. Thomas Burnet, Theory of the Earth.

    We find one casualty in our bills, of which, though there be daily talk, there is little effect. John Graunt, Bills of Mortality.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Casualtynoun

    that which comes without design or without being foreseen; contingency

  2. Casualtynoun

    any injury of the body from accident; hence, death, or other misfortune, occasioned by an accident; as, an unhappy casualty

  3. Casualtynoun

    numerical loss caused by death, wounds, discharge, or desertion


  1. Casualty

    Casualty, stylised as CASUAL+Y, is a British weekly television show broadcast on BBC One, and the longest-running emergency medical drama television series in the world. Created by Jeremy Brock and Paul Unwin, it was first broadcast on 6 September 1986, and transmitted in the UK on BBC One. The original producer was Geraint Morris. The programme is based around the fictional Holby City Hospital and focuses on the staff and patients of the hospital's Accident and Emergency Department. The show has very few ties to its sister programme Holby City which began as a spin off from Casualty in 1999 and is set in the same hospital, but upstairs. The show's plots and characters occasionally crossover between the two programmes, but this is rare, and each show can easily be followed without having to watch the other. Casualty is shown weekly on a Saturday evening, which has been its time slot since the early 1990s.

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. casualty

    Any person who is lost to the organization by having been declared dead, duty status

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'casualty' in Nouns Frequency: #2058

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of casualty in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of casualty in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of casualty in a Sentence

  1. Al Capone:

    I've been accused of every death except the casualty list of the World War.

  2. Max Abrahms:

    The cold truth is that Americans care much more about keeping safe from terrorism than the humanitarian nightmare unfolding in Afghanistan, this means that Americans can tolerate the Taliban even in Kabul so long as it’s not aiding al Qaeda in committing terrorism outside the region. I do not see the U.S. returning to Afghanistan unless there’s another mass casualty attack on the homeland. I hope the Taliban understands this hierarchy of American foreign policy interests.

  3. Kamala Harris:

    We are breaking records of the number of people that are contracting, a deadly virus, and this administration fails to take personal responsibility or responsibility in terms of leading the nation through this dangerous, dangerous and deadly mass casualty event, and that's why President Donald Trump have forfeited President Donald Trump right to a second term in office.

  4. Masato Naito:

    For overseas property and casualty insurance M&A, there is a team within our international business division and we have been increasing the number of staff, we also have a different team for overseas life insurance M&A.

  5. Wendy Williams:

    Then back in the fall or maybe around July of last year, I started feeling weird in the head but I’m thinking, ‘OK, this is maybe a casualty of menopause or we were ramping up for season nine of the ‘Wendy Show.’ So, it wasn’t until I passed out on my own show [in October] that … Anyway, life has completely changed.

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    a rugged box (usually made of wood); used for shipping
    • A. crate
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