Definition of egress in English:



  • 1formal The action of going out of or leaving a place.

    ‘direct means of access and egress for passengers’
    • ‘Their placements are carefully coordinated with the spacing required for emergency egress and building anchorage points.’
    • ‘This would not enable the visitor to be reasonably safe, because he has no option but to use the bridge for access and egress.’
    • ‘To allow for easy ingress and egress, the passenger side has standard doors while the driver's side has a large electric sliding door.’
    • ‘A system of tokens will facilitate free facilities and there will be pedestrian access and egress at all times as at present.’
    • ‘The control of a door for emergency egress cannot be impeded by the access control system.’
    • ‘Special care is being taken to ensure reserved seating remains available only to those who booked or bought such tickets and new gates installed at the Grand Stand are being depended upon to help increase control of access and egress.’
    • ‘Access or egress has to be made across public property - public boat ramp, highway right-of-way, etc. - or with the permission of the landowner.’
    • ‘Differences between applications, such as frequency of use or degree of access or egress required, are not taken into consideration.’
    • ‘The Pavilions are fully heated and built on hard core with easy access and egress.’
    • ‘People can be arrested and charges can be laid in relation to the sort of activity where property is damaged, where people are injured or where lawful access and egress to a particular place is inhibited.’
    • ‘‘We would stress the importance of gritting all A and B roads to facilitate the smooth and safe access and egress for the emergency services,’ he said.’
    • ‘As it turned out, the station is well north of its namesake thoroughfare, and its access and egress is via a pedestrian bridge that leads to and from the western side of the tracks.’
    • ‘Prefabricated stainless steel perforated panels cover an elliptical freestanding staircase in the northwest quadrant of the building for emergency egress.’
    • ‘There are cobbled access roads to allow resident access and egress.’
    • ‘You can restrict access without impacting egress.’
    • ‘Access and egress for rear passengers is considerably easier because of the five-door layout - the car can easily carry four adults (or two adults and three children) and a boot full of luggage.’
    • ‘For the east wall, adjacent to the Metro structures, concrete slabs and buttresses were integrated into the stairwells required for emergency egress from the below-ground exhibit hall.’
    • ‘The agency is also considering a number of options to improve access and egress from Malton on to the town's A64 bypass.’
    • ‘Security systems are designed to prevent access, block egress and trigger an alarm if an attempt is made to breach the area.’
    • ‘If properly designed for sufficient illumination during emergency egress, no problem should occur with hallway usage during the response call.’
    1. 1.1[count noun]A way out.
      ‘a narrow egress’
      • ‘Finally, they emerged in a lab, several squads of armed men in paramilitary uniforms looking around stupidly from where they were covering the air ducts, elevator, stairs, and all other egresses.’
      • ‘Not stopping for pleasantries, he scooped her up in his normal arm and accelerated down the hallway to a point where he had mentally mapped a route to to an egress.’
      • ‘Instead of focusing motion detection only on entrances and egresses, such as doors and air ducts, it's most practical to simply flood the room with motion detection.’
      • ‘Also it is usually necessary to have airlocks and space suits for astronaut egresses.’
      • ‘Doorways into the mind and the unknown are symbolized as arcane, bewildering entrances and egresses.’
      way out, door, passage out, escape route
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  • 2Astronomy

    another term for emersion
    • ‘He recorded the times of ingress and egress, but his observations, made from the deck of a rolling ship, were practically useless.’
    • ‘To the chagrin of astronomers, the atmospheres of Earth and Venus conspired to make the exact timing of ingress and egress nearly impossible, often leaving an uncertainty of nearly half a minute.’
    • ‘‘They saw evidence of an atmosphere at ingress, at - 80 degrees latitude, but none at egress, which was up near the equator,’ Spilker said.’
    • ‘Ingress and egress are the terms usually employed for the phases when Mercury or Venus are entering and leaving, respectively, the solar disk.’
    • ‘Tomorrow night - or the day after egress, Mars Express will fly over Spirit's landing site at an altitude of about 186 miles or 300 kilometers.’


  • Go out of or leave (a place)

    ‘they'd egress the area by heading south-west’
    • ‘The passengers and crew egressed the aircraft using the over-wing emergency-escape exit.’
    • ‘After egressing the aircraft, Mr. Edson ran to the air conditioning cart, immediately shut down its power, and opened the front panel so they could access the growing fire.’
    • ‘Fortunately, all four members of the aircrew egressed the aircraft without physical injuries.’
    • ‘The pilot egressed and the fire fighters used foam to prevent a fire.’
    • ‘The nose gear did collapse on landing, and the crew egressed without incident.’
    • ‘While the aircraft commander and I shut down all eight engines the rest of the crew egressed the aircraft.’
    • ‘He successfully shut down the engines after fire-fighting equipment was in place and egressed the aircraft with no injuries.’
    • ‘We quickly secured the starboard engine, called the firefighters, secured the left engine, and egressed the aircraft.’
    • ‘The crew successfully egressed the aircraft after which it was turned over to maintenance.’
    • ‘Though heavily damaged, the aircraft egressed the area and made an emergency landing seven kilometers away.’
    • ‘The landing was flawless and uneventful, and he egressed the aircraft as emergency vehicles approached.’
    • ‘Thirty seconds after touchdown, we successfully egressed the jet and were standing behind a fire truck.’
    • ‘He had egressed through the broken chin bubble and nearly had become trapped in it.’
    • ‘In addition to egressing the doomed aircraft and boarding the life rafts, the medical aircrew also had to transport an infant, a small child and an injured adult.’
    • ‘He immediately returned to his launch position, calmly informed the aircrew of the situation, and directed them on the safest method of egressing the aircraft.’
    • ‘He signaled the pilot to perform emergency shutdown procedures and to egress the cockpit.’
    • ‘The above fact is significant because of the Sutter Creek arson site, investigators discovered that the suspect egressed through an area with a heavy growth of poison oak.’
    • ‘Fire extinguisher in hand, Airman Beckett swiftly moved to combat the raging inferno; keeping the flames away from the main entry hatch until the flight crew had safely egressed the aircraft.’
    • ‘During this same time the crew chief scrambled to put the ladder in place so the pilot could expeditiously egress the aircraft.’
    • ‘They abandon their weapons and egress the area.’


Mid 16th century: from Latin egressus gone out, from the verb egredi, from ex- out + gradi to step.