Definition of Hazard

1. Noun. A source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune. "Drinking alcohol is a health hazard"

2. Verb. Put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation. "I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong"
Exact synonyms: Guess, Pretend, Venture
Specialized synonyms: Anticipate, Call, Forebode, Foretell, Predict, Prognosticate, Promise, Surmise, Suspect
Generic synonyms: Speculate
Derivative terms: Guess, Guess, Guesser, Guessing

3. Noun. An unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another. "We ran into each other by pure chance"
Exact synonyms: Chance, Fortune, Luck
Generic synonyms: Phenomenon
Specialized synonyms: Bad Luck, Mischance, Mishap, Even Chance, Toss-up, Tossup
Derivative terms: Chance

4. Verb. Put at risk. "I will stake my good reputation for this"

5. Noun. An obstacle on a golf course.
Specialized synonyms: Bunker, Sand Trap, Trap, Water Hazard
Group relationships: Golf Course, Links Course
Generic synonyms: Obstacle

6. Verb. Take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome. "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"

Definition of Hazard

1. n. A game of chance played with dice.

2. v. t. To expose to the operation of chance; to put in danger of loss or injury; to venture; to risk.

3. v. i. To try the chance; to encounter risk or danger.

4. n. Any place into which the ball may not be safely played, such as bunkers, furze, water, sand, or other kind of bad ground.

Definition of Hazard

1. Noun. (historical) A type of game played with dice. (defdate from 14th c.) ¹

2. Noun. Chance. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

3. Noun. The chance of suffering harm; danger, peril, risk of loss. (defdate from 16th c.) ¹

4. Noun. An obstacle or other feature which causes risk or danger; originally in sports, and now applied more generally. (defdate from 19th c.) ¹

5. Noun. (golf) sand or water obstacle on a golf course ¹

6. Verb. To expose to chance; to take a risk. ¹

7. Verb. To incur or venture. ¹

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Definition of Hazard

1. to venture [v -ED, -ING, -S] - See also: venture

Medical Definition of Hazard

1. This is a general term for anything which has the ability to cause injury. The hazard associated with a potentially toxic substance is a function of its toxicity and the potential for exposure to the substance. The probability of exposure to the substance is a risk factor. (09 Oct 1997)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Hazard

hazard (current term)
hazard insurance
hazard rate
hazardous material
hazardous materials
hazardous substances
hazardous waste

Literary usage of Hazard

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. A History of the Episcopal Church in Narragansett, Rhode Island: Including a by Wilkins Updike, James MacSparran, Daniel Goodwin (1907)
"hazard, Joseph Peace (b. 1807; s. of Roland and Mary Peace), 1. 216,5 24, 542; ... hazard, Mary Peace (born 1814; dau. of Rowland and Mary Peace), и. 303. ..."

2. Publications by Dorset Record Society, Ohio Civil War Centennial Commission, Ohio Historical Society (1896)
"AN ACCOUNT of the seizing of the hazard Sloop in the harbour of ... the hazard 1745 Sloop (in the government service) carrying 16 guns, 24 swivels, ..."

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