What does the word disaster mean?

Usage examples for disaster

  1. " As I was saying," he broke in rapidly, " the expedition met with disaster by sea. – The Wheel O' Fortune by Louis Tracy
  2. The emperor, on his return, found the nation astounded at so unusual a disaster. – History of the French Revolution from 1789 to 1814 by F. A. M. Miguet
  3. We always have a season of great anxiety and disaster until the bonnet question is settled. – A Country Doctor and Selected Stories and Sketches by Sarah Orne Jewett