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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Emergency  \E*mer"gen*cy\,  n.;  pl  {Emergencies}.  [See 
  {Emergence}.] 
  1.  Sudden  or  unexpected  appearance;  an  unforeseen  occurrence; 
  a  sudden  occasion. 
 
  Most  our  rarities  have  been  found  out  by  casual 
  emergency.  --Glanvill. 
 
  2.  An  unforeseen  occurrence  or  combination  of  circumstances 
  which  calls  for  immediate  action  or  remedy;  pressing 
  necessity;  exigency. 
 
  To  whom  she  might  her  doubts  propose,  On  all 
  emergencies  that  rose.  --Swift. 
 
  A  safe  counselor  in  most  difficult  emergencies. 
  --Brougham. 
 
  Syn:  Crisis;  conjuncture;  exigency;  pinch;  strait;  necessity. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  emergency 
  adj  :  made  necessary  by  sudden  occurrence  demanding  immediate 
  remedy;  "the  plane  made  an  emergency  landing";  "an 
  emergency  session  to  consider  aid  for  the  earthquake 
  victims" 
  n  1:  a  sudden  unforeseen  crisis  (usually  involving  danger)  that 
  requires  immediate  action  "he  never  knew  what  to  do  in 
  an  emergency"  [syn:  {exigency},  {pinch}] 
  2:  a  state  in  which  martial  law  applies;  "the  governor  declared 
  a  state  of  emergency" 
  3:  a  brake  operated  by  hand;  usually  operates  by  mechanical 
  linkage  [syn:  {hand  brake},  {emergency  brake},  {parking 
  brake}] 




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