emergency

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search

English[edit]

Wikipedia Wikipedia

Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin emergentia, from Latin emergens, present participle of emergo, equivalent to emerge +‎ -ency.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

emergency (plural emergencies)

  1. A situation which poses an immediate risk and which requires urgent attention.
    Cardiac arrest is an emergency and if you find someone in cardiac arrest you should call 999 immediately.
  2. (US, Canada, often attributive) The department of a hospital that treats emergencies.
  3. An individual brought in at short notice to replace a member of staff, a player in a sporting team, etc.
  4. (archaic) The quality of being emergent; sudden or unexpected appearance; an unforeseen occurrence.

Synonyms[edit]

Translations[edit]

Derived terms[edit]

See also[edit]