/ 5pAnIk; `pAnIk/ n [C, U]
(a) sudden irrational feeling of great fear 恐慌; 惊惶: be in a (state of) panic (about sth) (对某事)惊惶失措 * I got into a panic when I found the door was locked. 我发觉门锁上了, 十分惊慌. * The thought of flying fills me with panic. 我一想到飞行便吓得战战兢兢. * [attrib 作定语] a panic decision, ie one resulting from panic 慌乱中作出的决定. (b) fear that spreads quickly through a group of people (迅速传开的)大恐慌: There was (an) immediate panic when the alarm sounded. 警报响起时立刻引起一片恐慌. * The collapse of the bank caused (a) panic on the Stock Exchange, ie the value of shares fell quickly. 那银行倒闭, 证券市场上惶恐万状.
(idm 习语) `panic stations (infml 口) state of alarm or panic 惶惶不安; 惊慌: It was panic stations when the police arrived to search the building. 警方来搜查大楼时, 大家都很惊慌.
> panic v (-ck-) [I, Tn]
1 (cause a person or an animal to) be affected with panic (使人或动物)受惊: Don't panic! 别慌! * The gunfire panicked the horses. 枪声惊吓了马.
2 (phr v) panic sb into doing sth (often passive 常用於被动语态) make sb do (sth unwise or hasty) because of panic 使某人(因惊惶)仓促做(蠢事): The banks were panicked into selling sterling. 银行因恐慌而抛售英国货币.
panicky / 5pAnIkI; `pAnIkI/ adj (infml 口) affected or caused by panic 受惊吓的; 由惊慌引起的: Don't get panicky! 不要惊慌! * a panicky reaction, feeling, etc 惊慌的反应﹑ 感觉等.
# `panic-stricken adj in a state of panic; terrified 惊慌失措的; 万分恐慌的: You look panic-stricken! 看你惊惶失措的样子!