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Meaning of PANIC

Pronunciation:  'panik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an overwhelming feeling of fear and anxiety
  2. [n]  sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events; "panic in the stock market"; "a war scare"
  3. [v]  cause panic in; fill with panic; "Th mere thought of an isolation cell panicked the prisoners"
  4. [v]  feel panic; "The students panicked when told that final exams were less than a week away"

PANIC is a 5 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: scare, terror
 See Also: anxiety, anxiousness, dread, fear, fear, fearfulness, freak, freak out, fright, gross out, panic, red scare, terrify, terrorise, terrorize



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pan"ic\, n. [L. panicum.] (Bot.)
    A plant of the genus {Panicum}; panic grass; also, the edible
    grain of some species of panic grass.
    {Panic grass} (Bot.), any grass of the genus {Panicum}.
  2. \Pan"ic\, a. [Gr. ? of or pertaining to ? Pan, to whom the
    causing of sudden fright was ascribed: cf. F. panique.]
    Extreme or sudden and causeless; unreasonable; -- said of
    fear or fright; as, panic fear, terror, alarm. ``A panic
    fright.'' --Dryden.
  3. \Pan"ic\, n. [Gr. ? (with or without ? fear): cf. F.
    panigue. See {Panic}, a.]
    1. A sudden, overpowering fright; esp., a sudden and
       groundless fright; terror inspired by a trifling cause or
       a misapprehension of danger; as, the troops were seized
       with a panic; they fled in a panic.
    2. By extension: A sudden widespread fright or apprehension
       concerning financial affairs.
Computing Dictionary

1. What unix does when a critical internal consistency checks fails in such a way that Unix cannot continue. The kernel attempts to print a short message on the console and write an image of memory into the swap area on disk. This can be analysed later using adb. The kernel will then either wait in a tight loop until the machine is rebooted or will initiate an automatic reboot.

unix manual page: panic(8).

2. Action taken by software which discovers some fatal problem which prevents it from continuing to run.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming that you are in a panic indicates a lack of control and power in your life. You may be feeling helpless in some situation or unable to make a clear decision.
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