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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 E·mer·gen·cy n.; pl. Emergencies
 1. Sudden or unexpected appearance; an unforeseen occurrence; a sudden occasion.
    Most our rarities have been found out by casual emergency.   --Glanvill.
 2. An unforeseen occurrence or combination of circumstances which calls for immediate action or remedy; pressing necessity; exigency.
 To whom she might her doubts propose,
 On all emergencies that rose.   --Swift.
    A safe counselor in most difficult emergencies.   --Brougham.
 Syn: -- Crisis; conjuncture; exigency; pinch; strait; necessity.