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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Disaster  \Dis*as"ter\,  n.  [F.  d['e]sastre;  pref.  d['e]s-  (L. 
  dis-)  +  astre  star,  fr  L.  astrum;  a  word  of  astrological 
  origin.  See  {Aster},  {Astral},  {Star}.] 
  1.  An  unpropitious  or  baleful  aspect  of  a  planet  or  star; 
  malevolent  influence  of  a  heavenly  body;  hence  an  ill 
  portent.  [Obs.] 
 
  Disasters  in  the  sun.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  An  adverse  or  unfortunate  event,  esp.  a  sudden  and 
  extraordinary  misfortune;  a  calamity;  a  serious  mishap. 
 
  But  noble  souls,  through  dust  and  heat,  Rise  from 
  disaster  and  defeat  The  stronger.  --Longfellow. 
 
  Syn:  Calamity;  misfortune;  mishap;  mischance;  visitation; 
  misadventure;  ill  luck.  See  {Calamity}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Disaster  \Dis*as"ter\,  v.  t. 
  1.  To  blast  by  the  influence  of  a  baleful  star.  [Obs.]  --Sir 
  P.  Sidney. 
 
  2.  To  bring  harm  upon  to  injure.  [R.]  --Thomson. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  disaster 
  n  1:  a  state  of  extreme  (usually  irremediable)  ruin  and 
  misfortune;  "lack  of  funds  has  resulted  in  a  catastrophe 
  for  our  school  system";  "his  policies  were  a  disaster" 
  [syn:  {catastrophe}] 
  2:  an  event  resulting  in  great  loss  and  misfortune;  "the  whole 
  city  was  affected  by  the  irremediable  calamity";  "the 
  earthquake  was  a  disaster"  [syn:  {calamity},  {catastrophe}, 
  {tragedy},  {cataclysm}] 
  3:  an  act  that  has  disastrous  consequences 




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