Definition of egress in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈiːɡrɛs/


[mass noun]
1 formal The action of going out of or leaving a place: direct means of access and egress for passengers
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  • Access and egress for rear passengers is considerably easier because of the five-door layout - the car can easily carry four adults (or two adults and three children) and a boot full of luggage.
  • ‘We would stress the importance of gritting all A and B roads to facilitate the smooth and safe access and egress for the emergency services,’ he said.
  • Special care is being taken to ensure reserved seating remains available only to those who booked or bought such tickets and new gates installed at the Grand Stand are being depended upon to help increase control of access and egress.
1.1 [count noun] A way out: a narrow egress
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  • Instead of focusing motion detection only on entrances and egresses, such as doors and air ducts, it's most practical to simply flood the room with motion detection.
  • Finally, they emerged in a lab, several squads of armed men in paramilitary uniforms looking around stupidly from where they were covering the air ducts, elevator, stairs, and all other egresses.
  • Doorways into the mind and the unknown are symbolized as arcane, bewildering entrances and egresses.
2 Astronomy another term for emersion.
Example sentences
  • Ingress and egress are the terms usually employed for the phases when Mercury or Venus are entering and leaving, respectively, the solar disk.
  • To the chagrin of astronomers, the atmospheres of Earth and Venus conspired to make the exact timing of ingress and egress nearly impossible, often leaving an uncertainty of nearly half a minute.
  • He recorded the times of ingress and egress, but his observations, made from the deck of a rolling ship, were practically useless.


[with object] chiefly US
Go out of or leave (a place): they’d egress the area by heading south-west
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  • Though heavily damaged, the aircraft egressed the area and made an emergency landing seven kilometers away.
  • After egressing the aircraft, Mr. Edson ran to the air conditioning cart, immediately shut down its power, and opened the front panel so they could access the growing fire.
  • He immediately returned to his launch position, calmly informed the aircrew of the situation, and directed them on the safest method of egressing the aircraft.



Pronunciation: /iːˈɡrɛʃ(ə)n/
Example sentences
  • Instead, the animal airway tissue in vivo has obviously been depleted of its eosinophils by their egression into the airway lumen.
  • This does not affect the egression of cells from the bone marrow into the blood.
  • I could not just make an egression from the island of my hero!


Mid 16th century: from Latin egressus 'gone out', from the verb egredi, from ex- 'out' + gradi 'to step'.

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