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Other Hazard Definition

[n] an obstacle on a golf course
[n] an unknown and unpredictable phenomenon that causes an event to result one way rather than another; "bad luck caused his downfall"; "we ran into each other by pure chance"
[n] a source of danger; "drinking alcohol is a health hazard"
[v] put forward, of a guess; "I am guessing that the price of real estate will rise again"
[v] take a risk in the hope of a favorable outcome; "When you buy these stocks you are gambling"
[v] put at risk; "I will stake my good reputation for this"

Misc. Definitions

\Haz"ard\, n. [F. hazard, Sp. azar an unforeseen disaster or accident, an unfortunate card or throw at dice, prob. fr. Ar. zahr, z[=a]r, a die, which, with the article al the, would give azzahr, azz[=a]r.]
1. A game of chance played with dice. --Chaucer.
2. The uncertain result of throwing a die; hence, a fortuitous event; chance; accident; casualty. I will stand the hazard of the die. --Shak.
3. Risk; danger; peril; as, he encountered the enemy at the hazard of his reputation and life. Men are led on from one stage of life to another in a condition of the utmost hazard. --Rogers
4. (Billiards?) Holing a ball, whether the object ball (winning hazard) or the player's ball (losing hazard).
5. Anything that is hazarded or risked, as the stakes in gaming. ``Your latter hazard.'' --Shak. {Hazard table}, a a table on which hazard is played, or any game of chance for stakes. {To ru? the hazard}, to take the chance or risk. Syn: Danger; risk; chance. See {Danger}.
\Haz"ard\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Hazarded}; p. pr. & vb. ? {Hazarding}.] [Cf. F. hazarder. See Hazard, n.]
1. To expose to the operation of chance; to put in danger of loss or injury; to venture; to risk. Men hazard nothing by a course of evangelical obedience. --John Clarke. He hazards his neck to the halter. --Fuller.
2. To venture to incur, or bring on. I hazarded the loss of whom I loved. --Shak. They hazard to cut their feet. --Landor. Syn: To venture; risk; jeopard; peril; endanger.
\Haz"ard\, v. i. To try the chance; to encounter risk or danger. --Shak.
\Haz"ard\, n. (Golf) Any place into which the ball may not be safely played, such as bunkers, furze, water, sand, or other kind of bad ground.

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