panic
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈpænɪk/
Adjective

panic

  1. (now rare) Pertaining to the god Pan.
  2. 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.
Noun

panic

  1. 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.
  2. (finance, economics) Rapid reduction in asset prices due to broad efforts to raise cash in anticipation of continuing decline in asset prices.
  3. (computing) A kernel panic or system crash.
Translations Verb

panic (panics, present participle panicking; past and past participle panicked)

  1. (intransitive) To feel overwhelming fear.
  2. (transitive) To cause somebody to panic.
  3. (by extension, computing, intransitive) To crash.
  4. (by extension, computer, transitive) To cause the system to crash.
Translations Related terms Noun

panic

  1. (botany) A plant of the genus Panicum.
Synonyms
  • panicgrass, panic grass

Panic
Adjective

panic

  1. Pandean



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