- noun a dangerous situation
- noun something with the potential to cause injury, damage or loss
- A component, circuit, device, piece of equipment, system, material, location, procedure, or circumstance which is a possible source of danger. Also called safety hazard.
- (written as Hazard)The probability of occurrence of an outcome: an estimate of the number of people experiencing the outcome divided by an estimate of the number at risk.
Origin & History of “hazard”
The word hazard was introduced to English as the name for a game played with dice. It was borrowed from Old French hasard, which came via Spanish azar from Arabic azzahr, earlier al-zahr ‘luck, chance’. Its associations were thus from the first with ‘uncertainty’, and its central modern sense ‘danger’ did not develop until the 16th century.