What does hazard mean?

Definitions for hazard
ˈhæz ərdhaz·ard

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. hazard, jeopardy, peril, risk, endangermentnoun

    a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune

    "drinking alcohol is a health hazard"

  2. luck, fortune, chance, hazardnoun

    an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another

    "bad luck caused his downfall"; "we ran into each other by pure chance"

  3. hazardverb

    an obstacle on a golf course

  4. guess, venture, pretend, hazardverb

    put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation

    "I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again"; "I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong"

  5. venture, hazard, adventure, stake, jeopardizeverb

    put at risk

    "I will stake my good reputation for this"

  6. gamble, chance, risk, hazard, take chances, adventure, run a risk, take a chanceverb

    take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome

    "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"


  1. hazardnoun

    A type of game played with dice.

  2. hazardnoun


  3. hazardnoun

    The chance of suffering harm; danger, peril, risk of loss.

  4. hazardnoun

    An obstacle or other feature which causes risk or danger; originally in sports, and now applied more generally.

    The video game involves guiding a character on a skateboard past all kinds of hazards.

  5. hazardnoun

    sand or water obstacle on a golf course

  6. hazardverb

    To expose to chance; to take a risk.

    I'll hazard a guess.

  7. hazardverb

    To incur or venture.

  8. Etymology: From hasart (noun), hasarder (verb), probably from زهر.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. HAZARDnoun

    Etymology: hazard, French; azar, Spanish; haski, Runick, danger.

    I have set my life upon a cast,
    And I will stand the hazard of the die. William Shakespeare, Rich. III.

    I will upon all hazards well believe
    Thou art my friend, that know’st my tongue so well. William Shakespeare.

    Where the mind does not perceive this connection, there mens opinions are not the product of judgment, but the effects of chance and hazard, of a mind floating at all adventures, without choice and without direction. John Locke.

    We are bound to yield unto our Creator, the father of all mercy, eternal thanks, for that he hath delivered his law unto the world; a law wherein so many things are laid open, as a light which otherwise would have been buried in darkness, not without the hazard, or rather not with the hazard, but with the certain loss of thousands of souls, most undoubtedly now saved. Richard Hooker, b. i.

    The hazard I have run to see you here, should inform you that I love not at a common rate. John Dryden, Spanish Fryar.

    Men are led on from one stage of life to another in a condition of the utmost hazard, and yet without the least apprehension of their danger. John Rogers, Sermons.

    The duke playing at hazard at the groom-porter’s, in much company, held in a great many hands together, and drew a huge heap of gold. Jonathan Swift.

  2. To Hazardverb

    To expose to chance; to put into danger.

    Etymology: hazarder, French.

    They might, by persisting in the extremity of that opinion, hazard greatly their own estates, and so weaken that part which their places now give. Richard Hooker, b. v.

    It was not in his power to adventure upon his own fortune, or bearing a publick charge to hazard himself against a man of private condition. John Hayward.

  3. To Hazardverb

    I pray you tarry; pause a day or two,
    Before you hazard; for in chusing wrong,
    I lose your company. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    She from her fellow-provinces would go,
    Rather than hazard to have you her foe. Edmund Waller.


  1. Hazard

    A hazard is a potential source of harm. Substances, events, or circumstances can constitute hazards when their nature would allow them, even just theoretically, to cause damage to health, life, property, or any other interest of value. The probability of that harm being realized in a specific incident, combined with the magnitude of potential harm, make up its risk, a term often used synonymously in colloquial speech. Hazards can be classified in several ways; they can be classified as natural, anthropogenic, technological, or any combination, such as in the case of the natural phenomenon of wildfire becoming more common due to human-made climate change or more harmful due to changes in building practices. A common theme across many forms of hazards in the presence of stored energy that, when released, can cause damage. The stored energy can occur in many forms: chemical, mechanical, thermal hazards and by the populations that may be affected and the severity of the associated risk. In most cases, a hazard may affect a range of targets and have little or no effect on others. Identification of hazards assumes that the potential targets are defined, and is the first step in performing a risk assessment.


  1. hazard

    A hazard is a potential source or condition of danger that can cause harm, damage, or pose a threat to a person, property, or the environment. It can be a natural event like an earthquake or flood, a chemical or biological substance, a working condition, or any situation that has the potential to cause physical injury, damage to health or property, or even death.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hazardnoun

    a game of chance played with dice

  2. Hazardnoun

    the uncertain result of throwing a die; hence, a fortuitous event; chance; accident; casualty

  3. Hazardnoun

    risk; danger; peril; as, he encountered the enemy at the hazard of his reputation and life

  4. Hazardnoun

    holing a ball, whether the object ball (winning hazard) or the player's ball (losing hazard)

  5. Hazardnoun

    anything that is hazarded or risked, as the stakes in gaming

  6. Hazardnoun

    to expose to the operation of chance; to put in danger of loss or injury; to venture; to risk

  7. Hazardnoun

    to venture to incur, or bring on

  8. Hazardverb

    to try the chance; to encounter risk or danger


  1. Hazard

    Hazard is a city in Perry County, Kentucky, United States. The population was 4,456 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Perry County.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hazard

    haz′ard, n. a game played with a dice-box and two dice by any number of players: chance: accident: risk: (billiards) the pocketing of the object ball (winning hazard), of the player's own ball after contact (losing hazard): (tennis) the side of the court into which the ball is served: (golf) a general term for all difficulties on a golf-links—bunkers, long grass, roads, water, whins, &c.—v.t. to expose to chance: to risk: to venture.—v.i. to run a risk.—adj. Haz′ardable.—n. Haz′ardise (Spens.), hazard.—adj. Haz′ardous, dangerous: perilous: uncertain.—adv. Haz′ardously.—ns. Haz′ardousness; Haz′ardry (Spens.), playing at games of hazard or chance: rashness; Chick′en-haz′ard, a game of chance with very small stakes. [O. Fr. hasard; prob. through the Sp. from Arab. al zār, the die; but Littré favours William of Tyre's derivation from Hasart, a castle in Syria, where the game was discovered during the Crusades.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. hazard

    A condition with the potential to cause injury, illness, or death of personnel; damage to or loss of equipment or property; or mission degradation. See also injury; risk.

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Hazard is ranked #8176 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Hazard surname appeared 4,054 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Hazard.

    76.4% or 3,098 total occurrences were White.
    10.8% or 439 total occurrences were Black.
    4.3% or 175 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    3.8% or 156 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    3.6% or 146 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.9% or 40 total occurrences were Asian.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'hazard' in Nouns Frequency: #2264

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of hazard in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of hazard in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of hazard in a Sentence

  1. P. J. O'Rourke:

    You know, if government were a product, selling it would be illegal. Government is a health hazard. Governments have killed many more people than cigarettes or unbuckled seat belts ever have.

  2. Zachary Ross:

    Its going to force people to think hard about how we quantify seismic hazard and whether our approach to defining faults needs to change, we cant just assume that the largest faults dominate the seismic hazard if many smaller faults can link up to create these major quakes.

  3. Melissa Dalton:

    Because we have not yet been able to definitively assess what these recent objects are, we have acted out of an abundance of caution to protect our security and interests, the spy balloon from (China) was of course different in that we knew precisely what (it) was. These most recent objects do not pose a kinetic military threat, but their path in proximity to sensitive (defense) sites and the altitude that they were flying could be a hazard to civilian aviation and thus raised concerns.

  4. Robin Green:

    Dr. Joel Fleischman in nature. Not exactly the man you knew. He couldn't see past the Hudson River if he tried. He liked his fish smoked or preferable hand sliced from Zabars on a sliced bagel served with onions. Nature, to him, was an irritant. Birds didn't sing, they woke him up. A body of water wasn't life, it was a golf hazard..

  5. Brian Czarnecki:

    That push resulted in about two days of trail openings before it melted and we had to close, the safety hazard was bigger than the return.

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