panic

PAN'IC, n. A sudden fright; particularly, a sudden fright without real cause, or terror inspired by a trifling cause or misapprehension of danger; as, the troops were seized with a panic; they fled in a panic.

PAN'IC, a. Extreme or sudden; applied to fright; as panic fear.

PAN'IC, n. [L. panicum.] A plant and its grain, of the genus Panicum. The grain or seed is like millet,and it is cultivated in some parts of Europe for bread.