noun, plural e·mer·gen·cies.
Origin of emergency
Examples from the Web for emergency
During an emergency that ratio could be allowed to drop to 8.5 people per orbit.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says|Dave Majumdar|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
One specific kind of emergency is at the heart of this, such as when an airplane suffers a loss of stability at night.
Had they been properly trained, they could and should have flown themselves safely out of the emergency.
This suggests that the pilots were overtaken very rapidly by an emergency.
A click sends a user to a statement, a list of passenger nationalities, emergency call-center numbers, and other information.The Presumed Crash of AirAsia Flight QZ8501 Is Nothing Like MH370|Lennox Samuels|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This was a turn in the affair they had not anticipated, but they were evidently prepared to meet the emergency.Cad Metti, The Female Detective Strategist|Harlan Page Halsey
I inherited some of his cases, and Marbury was one of those who begged me to come in at the emergency.The Blue Wall|Richard Washburn Child
Contrivance and expedient presented themselves,—all inadequate to the emergency.Alone|Marion Harland
The telephone operator was always testing one or another connection, day and night, for the emergency when it would be needed.A Jewish Chaplain in France|Lee J. Levinger
After about an hour's groping in the dark, we found an emergency cabin near the Mud Geyser.Down the Yellowstone|Lewis R. Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for emergency
noun plural -cies
- an unforeseen or sudden occurrence, esp of a danger demanding immediate remedy or action
- (as modifier)an emergency exit
- a patient requiring urgent treatment
- (as modifier)an emergency ward
Word Origin and History for emergency
"unforeseen occurrence requiring immediate attention," 1630s, from Latin emergens, present participle of emergere (see emerge). Or from emerge + -ency.