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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Emergency \E*mer"gen*cy\, n.; pl. Emergencies. [See Emergence.] 1. Sudden or unexpected appearance; an unforeseen occurrence; a sudden occasion. [1913 Webster] Most our rarities have been found out by casual emergency. --Glanvill. [1913 Webster] 2. An unforeseen occurrence or combination of circumstances which calls for immediate action or remedy; pressing necessity; exigency. [1913 Webster] To whom she might her doubts propose, On all emergencies that rose. --Swift. [1913 Webster] A safe counselor in most difficult emergencies. --Brougham. Syn: Crisis; conjuncture; exigency; pinch; strait; necessity. [1913 Webster]