an unfortunate mishap; especially one causing damage or injury
accident, stroke, fortuity, chance event(noun)
anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause
"winning the lottery was a happy accident"; "the pregnancy was a stroke of bad luck"; "it was due to an accident or fortuity"
An unexpected event with negative consequences occurring without the intention of the one suffering the consequences.
to die by an accident
Any chance event.
An unintended event such as a collision that causes damage or death.
Any property, fact, or relation that is the result of chance or is nonessential.
Beauty is an accident.
An instance of incontinence.
An unintended pregnancy.
A quality or attribute in distinction from the substance, as sweetness, softness.
A property attached to a word, but not essential to it, as gender, number, case.
An irregular surface feature with no apparent cause.
A point or mark which may be retained or omitted in a coat of arms.
casus; such unforeseen, extraordinary, extraneous interference as is out of the range of ordinary calculation.
An unplanned event that results in injury (including death) or occupational illness to person(s) and/or damage to property, exclusive of injury and/or damage caused by action of an enemy or hostile force.
Origin: * First attested in the late 14th century.
literally, a befalling; an event that takes place without one's foresight or expectation; an undesigned, sudden, and unexpected event; chance; contingency; often, an undesigned and unforeseen occurrence of an afflictive or unfortunate character; a casualty; a mishap; as, to die by an accident
a property attached to a word, but not essential to it, as gender, number, case
a point or mark which may be retained or omitted in a coat of arms
a property or quality of a thing which is not essential to it, as whiteness in paper; an attribute
a quality or attribute in distinction from the substance, as sweetness, softness
any accidental property, fact, or relation; an accidental or nonessential; as, beauty is an accident
unusual appearance or effect
Origin: [F. accident, fr. L. accidens, -dentis, p. pr. of accidere to happen; ad + cadere to fall. See Cadence, Case.]
An accident or mishap is an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance, often with lack of intention or necessity. It usually implies a generally negative outcome which may have been avoided or prevented had circumstances leading up to the accident been recognized, and acted upon, prior to its occurrence. Experts in the field of injury prevention avoid use of the term 'accident' to describe events that cause injury in an attempt to highlight the predictable and preventable nature of most injuries. Such incidents are viewed from the perspective of epidemiology as predictable and preventable. Preferred words are more descriptive of the event itself, rather than of its unintended nature Accidents of particularly common types are investigated to identify how to avoid them in the future. This is sometimes called root cause analysis, but does not generally apply to accidents that cannot be deterministically predicted. A root cause of an uncommon and purely random accident may never be identified, and thus future similar accidents remain "accidental."
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ak′sid-ent, n. that which happens: an unforeseen or unexpected event: chance: an unessential quality or property.—adj. Accident′al, happening by chance: not essential.—n. anything not essential.—ns. Accident′alism, Accidental′ity.—adv. Accident′ally.—The chapter of accidents, the unforeseen course of events. [L. accidĕre, to happen—ad, to, cadĕre, to fall.]
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
A condition of affairs in which presence of mind is good, but absence of body better.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'accident' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1651
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'accident' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1488
Rank popularity for the word 'accident' in Nouns Frequency: #571
The numerical value of accident in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of accident in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach.
We are bits of stellar matter that got cold by accident, bits of a star gone wrong.
When lovers come together, There is an accident of lips. (Quand les amoureux se rencontrent, Il y a un accident des lèvres)
He told me he was experimenting with chemicals and there was an accident, because of the accident, in his own words he became an 'office boy.'.
There is no accident so disastrous that a clever man cannot derive some profit from it nor any so fortunate that a fool cannot turn it to his disadvantage.
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Translations for accident
From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary
- злополука, катастрофа, инцидентBulgarian
- accidentCatalan, Valencian
- ulykke, tilfælde, ulykkestilfælde, uheld, tilfældighed, egenskabDanish
- Unfall, ZufallGerman
- õnnetus, avariiEstonian
- istripu, ezbeharBasque
- vahinko, ilmenemismuoto, sattuma, onnettomuus, ilmiasu, tapaturmaFinnish
- tuiteamas, tubaistScottish Gaelic
- վթար, դժբախտ պատահարArmenian
- 事故, アクシデント, 偶然Japanese
- ajunaarneqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
- hauata, aituaMāori
- uhell, ulykkeNorwegian
- toevallig, ongeval, ongeluk, toevalDutch
- uhell, ulykke, ulukkeNorwegian Nynorsk
- ulykke, ulykkestilfelle, uhellNorwegian
- авария, случай, несчастный случай, столкновение, случайность, ч. п., катастрофа, ДТПRussian
- nesreća, nezgodaSerbo-Croatian
- sự cốVietnamese
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