Definition of egress in US English:



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

    ‘direct means of access and egress for passengers’
    • ‘Differences between applications, such as frequency of use or degree of access or egress required, are not taken into consideration.’
    • ‘A system of tokens will facilitate free facilities and there will be pedestrian access and egress at all times as at present.’
    • ‘Security systems are designed to prevent access, block egress and trigger an alarm if an attempt is made to breach the area.’
    • ‘Their placements are carefully coordinated with the spacing required for emergency egress and building anchorage points.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The control of a door for emergency egress cannot be impeded by the access control system.’
    • ‘Prefabricated stainless steel perforated panels cover an elliptical freestanding staircase in the northwest quadrant of the building for emergency 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.’
    • ‘The agency is also considering a number of options to improve access and egress from Malton on to the town's A64 bypass.’
    • ‘This would not enable the visitor to be reasonably safe, because he has no option but to use the bridge for access and egress.’
    • ‘If properly designed for sufficient illumination during emergency egress, no problem should occur with hallway usage during the response call.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are cobbled access roads to allow resident access and egress.’
    • ‘The Pavilions are fully heated and built on hard core with easy 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘You can restrict access without impacting egress.’
    departure, leaving, exit, withdrawal, retreat, pull-out, exodus, issue
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    1. 1.1 A way out.
      ‘a narrow 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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Also it is usually necessary to have airlocks and space suits for astronaut egresses.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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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    2. 1.2US Law The right or freedom to come out or go out.
      • ‘Leafleting does not have the same coercive component as a picket line, and does not in any significant manner impede access to or egress from premises.’
      • ‘There are plenty of laws in the books already that deal with individuals that commit assault, assault with a vehicle, child endangering, blocking someone egress or access.’
      • ‘He petitioned the judge, he said I want the same ingress and egress, the same access to the courtroom, special treatment that the van Dams have.’
    3. 1.3Astronomy
      another term for emersion
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Ingress and egress are the terms usually employed for the phases when Mercury or Venus are entering and leaving, respectively, the solar disk.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He recorded the times of ingress and egress, but his observations, made from the deck of a rolling ship, were practically useless.’


[with object]US
  • Go out of or leave (a place)

    ‘they'd egress the area by heading southwest’
    • ‘Fortunately, all four members of the aircrew egressed the aircraft without physical injuries.’
    • ‘He successfully shut down the engines after fire-fighting equipment was in place and egressed the aircraft with no injuries.’
    • ‘The pilot egressed and the fire fighters used foam to prevent a fire.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Though heavily damaged, the aircraft egressed the area and made an emergency landing seven kilometers away.’
    • ‘They abandon their weapons and egress the area.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘We quickly secured the starboard engine, called the firefighters, secured the left engine, and 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The crew successfully egressed the aircraft after which it was turned over to maintenance.’
    • ‘The passengers and crew egressed the aircraft using the over-wing emergency-escape exit.’
    • ‘While the aircraft commander and I shut down all eight engines the rest of the crew egressed the aircraft.’
    • ‘The nose gear did collapse on landing, and the crew egressed without incident.’
    • ‘The landing was flawless and uneventful, and he egressed the aircraft as emergency vehicles approached.’
    • ‘He signaled the pilot to perform emergency shutdown procedures and to egress the cockpit.’
    • ‘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.’


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