casualty (plural casualties)
- (obsolete) Chance nature; randomness.
1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, NYRB 2001, vol.1, p.327-8:
- The non-necessary [causes] follow; of which, saith Fuchsius, no art can be made, by reason of their uncertainty, casualty, and multitude […].
- Something that happens by chance, especially an unfortunate event; an accident, a disaster.
- A person suffering from injuries or who has been killed due to an accident or through an act of violence.
- (Britain) The accident and emergency department of a hospital.
(hospital's accident and emergency):
- emergency / emergency room / emergency department / emergency ward / E. R./E.R./ER
- casualty department / casualty ward
- accident and emergency / A&E
an accident, a disaster