What does the word desperate mean?

Usage examples for desperate

  1. I think she's desperate. – The Fourth Series Plays, Complete by John Galsworthy
  2. There was a time, Lucy, when such a design had not been so desperate, but now-" " Oh, not so desperate now, uncle, uncle- I could not live- not a moment- were he to perish in that dreadful manner. – Guy Rivers: A Tale of Georgia by William Gilmore Simms
  3. The Hawk covered the last few feet in a desperate rush, but he reached it too late. – The Affair of the Brains by Anthony Gilmore