Definitions for accidentalˌæk sɪˈdɛn tl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

ac•ci•den•talˌæk sɪˈdɛn tl(adj.)

  1. happening by chance or accident.

  2. nonessential; incidental:

    accidental benefits.

  3. pertaining to or indicating sharps, flats, or naturals in music.

    Category: Music and Dance

  4. (n.)a nonessential or subsidiary circumstance or feature.

  5. a sign placed before a note indicating a chromatic alteration of its pitch.

    Category: Music and Dance

Origin of accidental:

1350–1400; ME < ML

ac`ci•den′tal•ly(adv.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. accidental(adj)

    a musical notation that makes a note sharp or flat or natural although that is not part of the key signature

  2. accidental, inadvertent(adj)

    happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally

    "with an inadvertent gesture she swept the vase off the table"; "accidental poisoning"; "an accidental shooting"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. accidental(adjective)ˌæk sɪˈdɛn tl

    not intended; = unintentional

    accidental damage; an accidental poisoning; I accidentally deleted all the files.

Wiktionary

  1. accidental(Noun)

    A property which is not essential; a nonessential; anything happening accidentally.

  2. accidental(Noun)

    Those fortuitous effects produced by luminous rays falling on certain objects so that some parts stand forth in abnormal brightness and other parts are cast into a deep shadow.

  3. accidental(Noun)

    A sharp, flat, or natural, occurring not at the commencement of a piece of music as the signature, but before a particular note.

  4. accidental(Adjective)

    Happening by chance, or unexpectedly; taking place not according to the usual course of things; casual; fortuitous

    an accidental visit

  5. accidental(Adjective)

    Nonessential; not necessary belonging; incidental

    are accidental to a play

  6. accidental(Adjective)

    Foreign to the key signature or a proper harmony.

  7. Origin: * First attested in 1386.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Accidental(adj)

    happening by chance, or unexpectedly; taking place not according to the usual course of things; casual; fortuitous; as, an accidental visit

  2. Accidental(adj)

    nonessential; not necessary belonging; incidental; as, are accidental to a play

  3. Accidental(noun)

    a property which is not essential; a nonessential; anything happening accidentally

  4. Accidental(noun)

    those fortuitous effects produced by luminous rays falling on certain objects so that some parts stand forth in abnormal brightness and other parts are cast into a deep shadow

  5. Accidental(noun)

    a sharp, flat, or natural, occurring not at the commencement of a piece of music as the signature, but before a particular note

Freebase

  1. Accidental

    In music, an accidental is a note whose pitch is not a member of a scale or mode indicated by the most recently applied key signature. In musical notation, the sharp, flat, and natural symbols are used to mark such notes, and those symbols may themselves be called accidentals. In the measure in which it appears, an accidental sign raises or lowers the following notes from their normal pitch, ignoring sharps or flats in the key signature. A note is usually raised or lowered by a semitone, although microtonal music may use "fractional" accidental signs. One occasionally sees double sharps or flats, which raise or lower the indicated note by a whole tone. Accidentals apply within the measure and octave in which they appear, unless canceled by another accidental sign, or tied into a following measure. The modern accidental signs derive from the round and square small letter b used in Gregorian chant manuscripts to signify the two pitches of B, the only note that could be altered. The round b became the flat sign, while the square b diverged into the sharp and natural signs. Sometimes the black keys on a musical keyboard are called accidentals or sharps, and the white keys are called naturals.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

accidental(adjective)

happening by chance or accident

an accidental discovery.

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