Dis·as·ter, v. t.
1. To blast by the influence of a baleful star. [Obs.]
2. To bring harm upon; to injure. [R.]
1. An unpropitious or baleful aspect of a planet or star; malevolent influence of a heavenly body; hence, an ill portent. [Obs.]
Disasters in the sun. --Shak.
2. An adverse or unfortunate event, esp. a sudden and extraordinary misfortune; a calamity; a serious mishap.
But noble souls, through dust and heat,
Rise from disaster and defeat
The stronger. --Longfellow.
Syn: -- Calamity; misfortune; mishap; mischance; visitation; misadventure; ill luck. See Calamity.
n 1: a state of extreme (usually irremediable) ruin and
misfortune; "lack of funds has resulted in a catastrophe
for our school system"; "his policies were a disaster"
2: an event resulting in great loss and misfortune; "the whole
city was affected by the irremediable calamity"; "the
earthquake was a disaster" [syn: calamity, catastrophe,
3: an act that has disastrous consequences