• WordNet 3.6
    • v hazard put forward, of a guess, in spite of possible refutation "I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again","I cannot pretend to say that you are wrong"
    • v hazard take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"
    • v hazard put at risk "I will stake my good reputation for this"
    • n hazard an obstacle on a golf course
    • n hazard an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another "bad luck caused his downfall","we ran into each other by pure chance"
    • n hazard a source of danger; a possibility of incurring loss or misfortune "drinking alcohol is a health hazard"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: "dous":tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous
    • Hazard A game of chance played with dice.
    • Hazard (Golf) Any place into which the ball may not be safely played, such as bunkers, furze, water, sand, or other kind of bad ground.
    • Hazard Anything that is hazarded or risked, as the stakes in gaming. "Your latter hazard ."
    • Hazard (Billiards) Holing a ball, whether the object ball (winning hazard) or the player's ball (losing hazard).
    • Hazard Risk; danger; peril; as, he encountered the enemy at the hazard of his reputation and life. "Men are led on from one stage of life to another in a condition of the utmost hazard ."
    • Hazard The uncertain result of throwing a die; hence, a fortuitous event; chance; accident; casualty. "I will stand the hazard of the die."
    • Hazard To expose to the operation of chance; to put in danger of loss or injury; to venture; to risk. "Men hazard nothing by a course of evangelical obedience.""He hazards his neck to the halter."
    • v. i Hazard hăz"ẽrd To try the chance; to encounter risk or danger.
    • Hazard To venture to incur, or bring on. "I hazarded the loss of whom I loved.""They hazard to cut their feet."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The General Lee cars used in the popular show The Dukes of Hazards were 1969 Dodge Chargers
    • n hazard The leading game at dice. The instruments are a box and two dice. The players are a caster and any number of setters. The setter stakes his money upon the table; the caster accepts the bet if he chooses, and must cover the setter's money if required. The setter can bar any throw. The caster first calls a main — that is, he calls any of the numbers 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9. He then throws his chance. If this is 2, 3, 11, or 12, it is called crabs and he loses, unless the main were 7 and he throws 11, or the main were 6 or 8 and he throws 12. In these cases, and also if he throws the main, his throw is called nick, and he wins. If he throws neither crabs nor nick, he must continue to throw until he again throws the main or his chance; if he throws the former first, the setter wins, if the latter the caster wins. Owing to the complicated chances, a good player at hazard has a great advantage over a novice.
    • n hazard A fortuitous event; chance; accident.
    • n hazard Risk; peril; exposure to danger; liability to do or to receive harm: as, the hazards of the sea; he did it at the hazard of his reputation.
    • n hazard One of the holes in the sides of a billiard-table.
    • n hazard Hence A stroke in billiards: known as losing hazard when the player pockets his own ball off another, and as winning hazard when he pockets the object-ball.
    • n hazard Something risked or staked.
    • n hazard In tennis and some similar games, that side of the court into which the ball is served. See tennis.
    • n hazard Synonyms Venture, etc. See risk, n.
    • hazard To take the chance of; venture to do, undertake, etc.
    • hazard To take the risk or danger of; run the risk of incurring or bringing to pass: as, to hazard the loss of reputation or of a battle.
    • hazard To imperil; expose to danger or loss: as, to hazard life for a friend; to hazard an estate recklessly.
    • hazard To incur the danger involved in; venture.
    • hazard To expose to the risk of; put in danger of: with to.
    • hazard Synonyms To jeopard, peril, imperil, endanger. See danger, and risk, n.
    • hazard To try the chance; adventure; run the risk or danger.
    • n hazard In golf, a bunker, water, path, road, railway, fence, or ditch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: On average, an American home has 3-10 gallons of hazardous materials
    • n Hazard haz′ard a game played with a dice-box and two dice by any number of players: chance: accident: risk: : :
    • v.t Hazard to expose to chance: to risk: to venture
    • v.i Hazard to run a risk
    • n Hazard haz′ard (billiards) the pocketing of the object ball (winning hazard), of the player's own ball after contact (losing hazard)
    • n Hazard haz′ard (tennis) the side of the court into which the ball is served
    • n Hazard haz′ard (golf) a general term for all difficulties on a golf-links—bunkers, long grass, roads, water, whins, &c
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  • Samuel Johnson
    “Few enterprises of great labor or hazard would be undertaken if we had not the power of magnifying the advantages we expect from them.”
  • Robert Penn Warren
    Robert Penn Warren
    “For what is a poem, but a hazardous attempt at self-understanding. It is the deepest part of autobiography.”
  • Plutarch
    “Courage consists not in hazarding without fear; but being resolutely minded in a just cause.”
  • Hannah Arendt
    “Death not merely ends life, it also bestows upon it a silent completeness, snatched from the hazardous flux to which all things human are subject.”
  • John R. Stott
    John R. Stott
    “The Christian's chief occupational hazards are depression and discouragement.”
  • Winston Churchill
    “True genius resides in the capacity for evaluation of uncertain, hazardous, and conflicting information.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. hasard, Sp. azar, an unforeseen disaster or accident, an unfortunate card or throw at dice, prob. fr. Ar. zahr, zār, a die, which, with the article al, the, would give azzahr, azzār,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. hasard; prob. through the Sp. from Arab. al zār, the die; but Littré favours William of Tyre's derivation from Hasart, a castle in Syria, where the game was discovered during the Crusades.


In literature:

The most desperate hazards would be readily undertaken in that hour of gloom.
"The Felon's Track" by Michael Doheny
For the hazardous work before him he was at once prepared to make a start.
"The Underground Railroad" by William Still
In the course of their hazardous journey, a striking instance was afforded of the inscrutable ways of Providence.
"Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849" by William O. S. Gilly
Douglas should have known that the hazards in his course were reared by his own hand.
"Stephen A. Douglas" by Allen Johnson
All telephone systems are exposed to certain electrical hazards.
"Cyclopedia of Telephony & Telegraphy Vol. 1" by Kempster Miller
It is not an advice that subjects you to the hazard of any experiment.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. IV. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
They would know that Parliament, at all hazards, would force the king to a separate peace.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
It was not every day that a great ship left the harbor on so long and hazardous a voyage.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
If you attempt to play the traitor, you will do so at the hazard of your life.
"Jack Sheppard" by William Harrison Ainsworth
I thought the matter was definitely settled, and that you had resolved to save your own honor and name at every hazard.
"Ellen Walton" by Alvin Addison

In poetry:

Until to-day; until I knew
That I was loved again, again;
Then hazard how this thing befel,
Brother of women and of men?
"Overtures" by John Crowe Ransom
Yes, repose and surcease of all hazard,
A truce to all war for a time!
The cliffs and the pines only echo
The laugh of a sunnier clime.
"Tobermory Bay" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
From sunny woof and cloudy weft
Fell rain in sheets; so, to myself
I hummed these hazard rhymes, and left
The learnëd volume on the shelf.
"Nature And the Book" by Alfred Austin
Hazardous are the stars, yet is our birth
And our journeying time theirs;
As words of air, life makes of starry earth
Sweet soul-delighted faces;
"Hymn To Love" by Lascelles Abercrombie
There's no career in the venture
Of riding against the lizard,
Himself withered these latter-days
To leaf-size from lack of action:
History's beaten the hazard.
"The Times Are Tidy" by Sylvia Plath
And thus did the wily old wizard
Deceive with his kindness the two
For a deed of dark peril and hazard
He had for Aladdin to do,
At the risk of his life, too, he knew.
"Aladdin" by Clara Doty Bates

In news:

Which do you consider the most hazardous stretch of highway in Cherokee County.
When drought made Fourth of July fireworks a fire hazard, organizers in Chesterfield, Mo.
EPA site inspection is a phrase guaranteed to strike fear in the heart of any company executive -- unless, of course, she happens to be Pat Ricketson, CEO of Hazardous Waste Consultants Inc, in Orlando.
Health statistics may be hazardous to our mental health.
The reasons given are risk factors including infection, choking hazard, allergic reactions and embedded earrings.
On June 17, 2004, the US Department of Homeland Security ( DHS ) signed an agreement with NOAA/NWS addressing the transmission of DHS-originated emergency messages over All-Hazards NOAA Weather Radio ( NWR ).
Gardening is surprisingly hazardous work.
"If the television show gets people to think about hazards in a manner that causes them to prepare, then it will be beneficial," said a FEMA spokesman.
The state Emergency Management Division has several events planned to remind residents that earthquakes are as much of a hazard as hurricanes, floods and tornadoes in South Carolina.
Smokeout is lesser event, but smoking is no less of a health hazard .
Detergent pods 'an emerging public health hazard '.
Lack of zinc is a health hazard .
Not since the zinc oxide scene in "Kentucky Fried Movie" (directed by John Landis, of "Animal House" fame) has the lack of zinc been so clearly understood to be a health hazard .
First forest health hazard warning expected for Washington.
Secondhand smoke a clear health hazard to kids.

In science:

This makes it hazardly to assume that any particular band reflects the true bolometric luminosity.
The late UVOIR light curve of SN 2000cx
Theorem 1 gives a response to this question under the condition that in any case the hazard of surviving components becomes more severe after the change-point.
Change point models and conditionally pure birth processes; an inequality on the stochastic intensity
However, care must be taken in estimating temperatures of any sort, and we will not, due to the hazards of extracting an “effective” or “equilibrium” temperature from these data, say much more about them.
Theoretical Interpretation of the Measurements of the Secondary Eclipses of TrES-1 and HD209458b
In order to illustrate the flexibility of the approach, large classes of random probability measures and random hazards or intensities which can be expressed as functionals of Poisson random measures are described.
Bayesian Poisson process partition calculus with an application to Bayesian L\'evy moving averages
Section 4 presents a more explicit posterior analysis of a class of L´evy moving averages or hazard rates sub ject to a multiplicative intensity model.
Bayesian Poisson process partition calculus with an application to Bayesian L\'evy moving averages