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English definition of “disaster”

disaster

noun [C or U]     /dɪˈzɑːstər/
a sudden event that causes a lot of damage , such as a very bad fire , storm , or accident : Insurance companies often charge extra to cover floods , earthquakes , or other natural disasters.
an extremely bad situation that can destroy a company’s plans , success , or ability to operate : mean/spell disaster for sb A crash in real estate prices would mean financial disaster for the housing lenders . The $7.48 billion takeover quickly turned into a major disaster.
(Definition of disaster noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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