What does error mean?

Definitions for errorˈɛr ər

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word error.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mistake, error, fault(noun)

    a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention

    "he made a bad mistake"; "she was quick to point out my errors"; "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"

  2. erroneousness, error(noun)

    inadvertent incorrectness

  3. error, erroneous belief(noun)

    a misconception resulting from incorrect information

  4. error, misplay(noun)

    (baseball) a failure of a defensive player to make an out when normal play would have sufficed

  5. error, wrongdoing(noun)

    departure from what is ethically acceptable

  6. error, computer error(noun)

    (computer science) the occurrence of an incorrect result produced by a computer

  7. error, mistake(noun)

    part of a statement that is not correct

    "the book was full of errors"


  1. error(Noun)

    The state, quality, or condition of being wrong.

  2. error(Noun)

    A mistake; an accidental wrong action or a false statement not made deliberately.

  3. error(Noun)

    A failure to complete a task, usually involving a premature termination.

  4. error(Noun)

    The difference between a measured or calculated value and a true one.

  5. error(Noun)

    A play which is scored as having been made incorrectly.

  6. error(Noun)

    One or more mistakes in a trial that could be grounds for review of the judgement.

  7. error(Verb)

    To function improperly due to an error, especially accompanied by error message.

  8. error(Verb)

    To show or contain an error or fault.

    The block transmission errored near the start and could not be received.

  9. error(Verb)

    To err.

  10. Origin: From errour, from error, infinitive of erro. Cognate with , . More at err.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Error(noun)

    a wandering; a roving or irregular course

  2. Error(noun)

    a wandering or deviation from the right course or standard; irregularity; mistake; inaccuracy; something made wrong or left wrong; as, an error in writing or in printing; a clerical error

  3. Error(noun)

    a departing or deviation from the truth; falsity; false notion; wrong opinion; mistake; misapprehension

  4. Error(noun)

    a moral offense; violation of duty; a sin or transgression; iniquity; fault

  5. Error(noun)

    the difference between the approximate result and the true result; -- used particularly in the rule of double position

  6. Error(noun)

    the difference between an observed value and the true value of a quantity

  7. Error(noun)

    the difference between the observed value of a quantity and that which is taken or computed to be the true value; -- sometimes called residual error

  8. Error(noun)

    a mistake in the proceedings of a court of record in matters of law or of fact

  9. Error(noun)

    a fault of a player of the side in the field which results in failure to put out a player on the other side, or gives him an unearned base


  1. Error

    The word error entails different meanings and usages relative to how it is conceptually applied. The concrete meaning of the Latin word "error" is "wandering" or "straying". Unlike an illusion, an error or a mistake can sometimes be dispelled through knowledge. For example, a person who uses too much of an ingredient in a recipe and has a failed product can learn the right amount to use and avoid repeating the mistake. However, some errors can occur even when individuals have the required knowledge to perform a task correctly. Examples include forgetting to collect change after buying chocolate from a vending machine, forgetting the original document after making photocopies, and forgetting to turn the gas off after cooking a meal. Some errors occur when an individual is distracted by something else.

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British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'error' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2653

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'error' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3762

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'error' in Nouns Frequency: #778


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of error in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of error in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sigmund Freud:

    From error to error, one discovers the entire truth.

  2. Hans Reichenbach:

    If error is corrected whenever it is recognized as such, the path of error is the path of truth.

  3. Xie Zhenhua:

    No country wants the situation in Copenhagen to be repeated, letting heads of state try to resolve the problems rather than leaving it to the negotiators was an error in the design and it led to an error in the result.

  4. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx:

    We know that 80% of car accidents are due to human error. So we ask ourselves, what happens if human error was eliminated? If the technology meets its promise, my back-of-the-envelope math tells me that more than 25,000 lives would have been saved in 2015 alone.

  5. Melissa Riversfeels:

    Yes, it was a tragic accident, if something happens, and everyone does everything properly, things happen … You live with it. When it’s error after error, after error, after error, after behaviors that you cannot even begin to get your head around — you get mad.

Images & Illustrations of error

  1. errorerrorerror

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