Cas"u*al*ty (?), n.; pl.
Casualties (#). [F. casualité,
LL. casualitas.] 1. That which comes
without design or without being foreseen; contingency.
Losses that befall them by mere
Sir W. Raleigh.
2. Any injury of the body from accident;
hence, death, or other misfortune, occasioned by an accident; as,
an unhappy casualty.
3. pl. (Mil. & Naval)
Numerical loss caused by death, wounds, discharge, or
Casualty ward, A ward in a hospital
devoted to the treatment of injuries received by
Syn. -- Accident; contingency; fortuity;