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, as a sand trap or pond
- Court Tennis any of the three openings on the side (hazard 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 game played with dice that is a forerunner of craps and was especially popular in England in the 1600s and 1700s.
- 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 … 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 zhr)
- (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)