- (British) IPA: /ˈpænɪk/
- (now rare) Pertaining to the god Pan.
- Of fear, fright etc: sudden or overwhelming (attributed by the ancient Greeks to the influence of Pan).
- 1603, Michel de Montaigne, John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:, Folio Society, 2006, vol.1, pp.57-8:
- All things were there in a disordered confusion, and in a confused furie, untill such time as by praiers and sacrifices they had appeased the wrath of their Gods. They call it to this day, the Panike terror.
- 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p.537:
- At that moment a flight of birds passed close overhead, and at the whirr of their wings a panic fear seized her.
- 1993, James Michie, trans. Ovid, The Art of Love, Book II:
- Terrified, he looked down from the skies / At the waves, and panic blackness filled his eyes.
- Overpowering fright, often affecting groups of people or animals.
- 1914, Louis Joseph Vance, chapter II, in Nobody, New York, N.Y.: George H[enry] Doran Company, published 1915, OCLC 40817384 ↗:
- She wakened in sharp panic, bewildered by the grotesquerie of some half-remembered dream in contrast with the harshness of inclement fact.
- 1994, Stephen Fry, The Hippopotamus Chapter 2
- With a bolt of fright he remembered that there was no bathroom in the Hobhouse Room. He leapt along the corridor in a panic, stopping by the long-case clock at the end where he flattened himself against the wall.
- (finance, economics) Rapid reduction in asset prices due to broad efforts to raise cash in anticipation of continuing decline in asset prices.
- (computing) A kernel panic or system crash.
panic (panics, present participle panicking; past and past participle panicked)
- (intransitive) To feel overwhelming fear.
- (transitive) To cause somebody to panic.
- (by extension, computing, intransitive) To crash.
- (by extension, computer, transitive) To cause the system to crash.
- French: paniquer
- German: in Panik geraten, in Panik verfallen
- Russian: паникова́ть
- Spanish: aterrarse, espantarse, entrar en pánico, alarmarse
- panicgrass, panic grass