catastrophe

Definitions

General English

Aviation

  • noun a very bad event or accident, a disaster

Computing

  • noun a serious fault, error or breakdown of equipment, usually leading to serious damage and shutdown of a system

Theater

  • A Greek word that literally means a turning upside down (from kata downwards; strephein, to turn). It was originally used of the sudden change that produces the denouement of a drama, especially a classical tragedy.
    Pat! he comes like the catastrophe of the old comedy.
    Shakespeare: King Lear (I, ii)
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