Meaning of EMERGENCY in English

-nsē, -si noun

( -es )

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Medieval Latin emergentia, from Latin emergent-, emergens, (present participle of emergere ) + -ia -y

1. : an unforeseen combination of circumstances or the resulting state that calls for immediate action

they were far from help when the emergency overtook them


a. : a pressing need : exigency

a state of emergency existed during which any help was acceptable

b. : a sudden bodily alteration such as is likely to require immediate medical attention (as a ruptured appendix or surgical shock)

c. : a usually distressing event or condition that can often be anticipated or prepared for but seldom exactly foreseen

wait until the emergency is over, prices will go down then

an emergency water supply

emergency docking facilities

emergency crews working to clear the roads


[ emerge + -ency ]

archaic : the act or an instance of emerging : emergence 1

3. : the theory of emergent evolution

Synonyms: see juncture

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