hazard: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (haz'urd), [key]
— n.
  1. an unavoidable danger or risk, even though often foreseeable: The job was full of hazards.
  2. something causing unavoidable danger, peril, risk, or difficulty: the many hazards of the big city.
  3. the absence or lack of predictability; chance; uncertainty: There is an element of hazard in the execution of the most painstaking plans.
  4. a bunker, sand trap, or the like, constituting an obstacle.
  5. the uncertainty of the result in throwing a die.
  6. a game played with two dice, an earlier and more complicated form of craps.
  7. any of the winning openings.
  8. (in English billiards) a stroke by which the player pockets the object ballor his or her own ball after contact with another ball
  9. at risk; at stake; subject to chance: His reputation was at hazard in his new ventures.
  1. to offer (a statement, conjecture, etc.) with the possibility of facing criticism, disapproval, failure, or the like; venture: He hazarded a guess, with trepidation, as to her motives in writing the article.
  2. to put to the risk of being lost; expose to risk: In making the investment, he hazarded all his savings.
  3. to take or run the risk of (a misfortune, penalty, etc.): Thieves hazard arrest.
  4. to venture upon (anything of doubtful issue): to hazard a dangerous encounter.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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