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haz•ard



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. Golf.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. Court Tennis.any of the winning openings.
8. (in English billiards) a stroke by which the player pockets the object ball (winning hazard) or his or her own ball after contact with another ball (losing hazard).
9. at hazard, at risk; at stake; subject to chance: His reputation was at hazard in his new ventures.

v.t.
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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