- The definition of a hazard is something that is dangerous or that could cause harm.
An example of a hazard is a broken railing along the edge of a cliff, or a wet slippery floor that you could fall on.
- an early game of chance played with dice, from which craps is derived
- chance, or a chance occurrence
- risk; peril; danger; jeopardy
- Archaic something risked
- an obstacle on a golf course, such as a trap, bunker, or pond
- Court Tennis any of the three openings on the side () of the court in which service is received
Origin of hazardMiddle English ; from Old French hasard, game of dice, adventure ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Arabic az-zahr, for Egyptian colloquial Arabic al-zahr, dice
- to expose to danger; chance; risk
- to attempt or venture: to hazard a try
- a. A chance of being injured or harmed: Space travel is full of hazards.b. Risk or danger: a high degree of hazard.
- A possible source of danger: This room is a fire hazard.
- Games A dice game similar to craps.
- Sports An obstacle, such as a sand trap, found on a golf course.
- Archaic Chance or an accident.
transitive verbhaz·ard·ed, haz·ard·ing, haz·ards
- To expose to danger or risk. See Synonyms at endanger.
- a. To venture (something): hazard a guess.b. To express at the risk of denial, criticism, or censure: “The wise young captain &ellipsis; hazarded to the lieutenant-colonel that the enemy's infantry would probably soon attack the hill” (Stephen Crane).
Origin of hazardMiddle English hasard, a kind of dice game, from Old French, from Old Spanish azar, unlucky throw of the dice, chance, possibly from Arabic az-zahr, the die : al-, the + zahr, die (possibly from zahr, flowers (the losing sides of some medieval dice perhaps being decorated with images of flowers) , from zahara, to shine, be radiant; see zhr in Semitic roots).
- (historical) A type of game played with dice. [from 14th c.]
- Chance. [from 16th c.]
- The chance of suffering harm; danger, peril, risk of loss. [from 16th c.]
- He encountered the enemy at the hazard of his reputation and life.
- An obstacle or other feature which causes risk or danger; originally in sports, and now applied more generally. [from 19th c.]
- The video game involves guiding a character on a skateboard past all kinds of hazards.
- (golf) sand or water obstacle on a golf course
- (billiards) The act of potting a ball, whether the object ball (winning hazard) or the player's ball (losing hazard).
- Anything that is hazarded or risked, such as a stake in gambling.
(third-person singular simple present hazards, present participle hazarding, simple past and past participle hazarded)