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Tuesday, May 11

Egress

[EE-gres]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, mid 16th century

1.

The action of going out of or leaving a place.

2.

A way out.

Examples of Egress in a sentence

"The door was propped open for easy egress."

"Before the lights dimmed, the ushers pointed out points of egress to moviegoers."

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About Egress

Egress developed from the Latin words “egressus” (gone out) and “egredi,” which came from the combination of “ex” (out) + “gradi” (to step).

Did you Know?

Architects carefully construct egress windows into bedrooms and basements in order to keep buildings up to code. These windows are specifically designed for an easy exit in the case of an emergency, such as a fire or floods, and professionals often include a ladder for an even hastier exit.

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