Meaning of HAZARD in English

— hazardable , adj. — hazarder , n. — hazardless , adj.

/haz"euhrd/ , n.

1. an unavoidable danger or risk, even though often foreseeable: The job was full of hazards.

2. something causing unavoidable danger, peril, risk, or difficulty: the many hazards of the big city.

3. the absence or lack of predictability; chance; uncertainty: There is an element of hazard in the execution of the most painstaking plans.

4. Golf. a bunker, sand trap, or the like, constituting an obstacle.

5. the uncertainty of the result in throwing a die.

6. a game played with two dice, an earlier and more complicated form of craps.

7. Court Tennis. any of the winning openings.

8. (in English billiards) a stroke by which the player pockets the object ball (winning hazard) or his or her own ball after contact with another ball (losing hazard) .

9. at hazard , at risk; at stake; subject to chance: His reputation was at hazard in his new ventures.


10. to offer (a statement, conjecture, etc.) with the possibility of facing criticism, disapproval, failure, or the like; venture: He hazarded a guess, with trepidation, as to her motives in writing the article.

11. to put to the risk of being lost; expose to risk: In making the investment, he hazarded all his savings.

12. to take or run the risk of (a misfortune, penalty, etc.): Thieves hazard arrest.

13. to venture upon (anything of doubtful issue): to hazard a dangerous encounter.

[ 1250-1300; ME hasard al-zahr the die ]

Syn. 1. See danger. 3. accident, fortuity, fortuitousness. 11. stake, endanger, peril, imperil.

Ant. 1. safety.

Random House Webster's Unabridged English dictionary.      Полный английский словарь Вебстер - Random House .