There are 2 definitions of panic in English:

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noun

[mass noun]
1Sudden uncontrollable fear or anxiety, often causing wildly unthinking behaviour: she hit him in panic [in singular]: he ran to the library in a blind panic
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  • So now here I am, full of fear and panic and anxiety once again.
  • Anxiety symptoms were also high, with 64% reporting symptoms of fear, panic or anxiety.
  • But it is far more likely that you would be affected by fear and panic than a terrorist weapon.
Synonyms
alarm, anxiety, nervousness, fear, fright, trepidation, dread, terror, horror, agitation, hysteria, consternation, perturbation, dismay, disquiet, apprehension, apprehensiveness
informal flap, fluster, state, cold sweat, funk, tizzy, tizz
North American informal swivet
1.1 [count noun] A state of widespread financial alarm provoking hasty action: he caused an economic panic by his sudden resignation [as modifier]: panic selling
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  • We should strengthen the IMF's ability to prevent financial panics from turning into full-scale economic meltdowns such as we've seen in Argentina.
  • This suspension was unprecedented in that it was not preceded by a financial panic or a sudden demand for coin.
  • Unlike more transitory fads and fashions, however, financial manias and panics have real and lasting economic consequences.
1.2 [count noun] informal A frenzied hurry to do something: a workload of constant panics and rush jobs
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  • She span off into a frenzied panic that could only be alleviated by rushing round to the neighbour's for a cup of tea.
  • It always starts near Kensington plaza, where people have abandoned their bags of groceries to rush home in a panic.
  • As panic ensued gardaí rushed to the scene urging staff and customers to evacuate the building, as they searched to find the potential raider.

verb (panics, panicking, panicked)

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1Feel or cause to feel panic: [no object]: the crowd panicked and stampeded for the exit [with object]: talk of love panicked her
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  • It was crowded and I started panicking and feeling faint.
  • The crowd panicked and some jumped into a well to be crushed by those jumping after them.
  • Oh, to be sure, there are always folks who panic, or loot.
Synonyms
be alarmed, be scared, be nervous, be afraid, overreact, become panic-stricken, take fright, be filled with fear, be terrified, be agitated, be hysterical, lose one's nerve, be perturbed, get overwrought, get worked up, go/fall to pieces, lose control, fall apart
informal flap, get in a flap, lose one's cool, get the jitters, get into a tizzy/tizz, run around like a headless chicken, freak, freak out, get in a stew, get the willies, get the (screaming) heebie-jeebies
British informal get the wind up, go into a (flat) spin, have kittens, lose one's bottle, throw a wobbly, have an attack of the wobblies
frighten, alarm, scare, unnerve, fill with panic, agitate, horrify, terrify
informal throw into a tizzy/tizz, freak, freak out, spook
British informal put the wind up
1.1 [with object] (panic someone into) Drive someone through panic into (hasty action): we are not going to be panicked into a decision
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  • The only goal came in the 25th minute when Crouch's knock-down panicked Scharner into reckless contact with Owen a yard inside the area.
  • They will also realise, no matter how long it takes, that they will not panic London into submission, nor will their ultimate aims succeed.
  • There were a number of options on the table, some of which were attractive, but the manager says he will not be panicked into making a decision until the future becomes clear.

Origin

early 17th century: from French panique, from modern Latin panicus, from Greek panikos, from the name of the god Pan, noted for causing terror, to whom woodland noises were attributed.

Phrases

panic stations

British informal A state of alarm or emergency: many people were at panic stations because of popular unrest
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  • It was panic stations because I didn't know where she was.
  • It would be more desirable to keep the power on, but realistically it is not panic stations if they do not stay on.
  • The team rang panic stations, and yet also retained composure.

Derivatives

panicky

adjective
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  • You should probably be nervous and panicky, at the same time appearing nonchalant and bored.
  • The stars really are challenging right now, but still nothing to get frantic and panicky about.
  • My inexperience there made everything more panicky and full of nervous energy.

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Pronunciation: ˌhɪpnə(ʊ)ˈpɒmpɪk
adjective
relating to the state immediately preceding waking up

There are 2 definitions of panic in English:

panic2

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(also panic grass)

noun

[mass noun]
A cereal and fodder grass of a group including millet.
  • Panicum and related genera, family Gramineae
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  • Two of the most common, but functionally indeterminate, grass grains regularly identified from American Bottom sites are panic grass (Panicum sp.) and beardgrass.
  • In microsites with higher light intensity, little bluestem, big bluestem, Indian grass, and panic grass dominated.
  • I live on the unfashionable west side of Santa Fe, where the neighborhood is small and funky, adobe houses sitting in well-tended yards of flax and hollyhocks or the neglected ones of dirt and panic grass with a few old car parts thrown in.

Origin

late Middle English: from Latin panicum, from panus 'ear of millet' (literally 'thread wound on a bobbin'), based on Greek pēnos 'web', pēnion 'bobbin'.

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