- The definition of emergency is something that is for urgent needs or can be used when it is suddenly needed.
- An example would be an emergency room, the part of a hospital where urgent care is given to the sick.
- An example is an emergency brake, used for stopping a car very quickly.
- An emergency is defined as a sudden, unexpected situation that causes the need to take immediate action.
- An example of an emergency is a sudden illness that needs a doctor's care.
- An example of an emergency is a downed power line that must be repaired in the middle of the night.
An ambulance responding to an emergency situation.
emergency definition by Webster's New World
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio. Used by arrangement with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
noun pl. emergencies
a sudden, generally unexpected occurrence or set of circumstances demanding immediate action
Origin: origin, originally sense, emergence: see emergence
for use in case of sudden necessity: an emergency brake
emergency definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. e·mer·gen·cies
- A serious situation or occurrence that happens unexpectedly and demands immediate action.
- A condition of urgent need for action or assistance: a state of emergency.
For use during emergencies: emergency food rations.