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panic

  

      n  
1    a sudden overwhelming feeling of terror or anxiety, esp. one affecting a whole group of people  
2    modifier   of or resulting from such terror  
panic measures     
      vb   , -ics, -icking, -icked  
3    to feel or cause to feel panic  
     (C17: from French panique, from New Latin panicus, from Greek panikos emanating from Pan, considered as the source of irrational fear)  
  panicky      adj  


Panic  
      adj   of or relating to the god Pan  
panic attack  
      n   an episode of acute and disabling anxiety associated with such physical symptoms as hyperventilation and sweating  
   See also       panic disorder  
panic bolt  
      n   a bolt on the inside esp. of double doors that is released by pressure on a waist-high bar: used for emergency exits in theatres, shops, etc.  
panic button  
      n  
1    a button or switch that operates any of various safety devices, for use in an emergency  
2    hit or press the panic button  
Informal   to react to a situation by demanding emergency action; become excited; panic  
panic buying  
      n   the buying up of large quantities of a commodity which, it is feared, is likely to be in short supply  
panic disorder  
      n     (Psychiatry)   a condition in which a person experiences recurrent panic attacks  
panic grass  
      n   any of various grasses of the genus Panicum, such as millet, grown in warm and tropical regions for fodder and grain  
     (C15 panic, from Latin panicum, probably a back formation from panicula panicle)  
panic stations  
      pl n  
Informal   a state of alarm; panicky reaction  
when he realized he'd lost the keys it was panic stations     
panic-stricken   , panic-struck  
      adj   affected by panic  
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