What does accident mean?

Definitions for accident
ˈæk sɪ dəntac·ci·dent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. accidentnoun

    an unfortunate mishap; especially one causing damage or injury

  2. accident, stroke, fortuity, chance eventnoun

    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"

Wiktionary

  1. accidentnoun

    An unexpected event with negative consequences occurring without the intention of the one suffering the consequences.

    to die by an accident

    Etymology: * First attested in the late 14th century.

  2. accidentnoun

    Any chance event.

    Etymology: * First attested in the late 14th century.

  3. accidentnoun

    Chance.

    Etymology: * First attested in the late 14th century.

  4. accidentnoun

    An unintended event such as a collision that causes damage or death.

    Etymology: * First attested in the late 14th century.

  5. accidentnoun

    Any property, fact, or relation that is the result of chance or is nonessential.

    Beauty is an accident.

    Etymology: * First attested in the late 14th century.

  6. accidentnoun

    An instance of incontinence.

    Etymology: * First attested in the late 14th century.

  7. accidentnoun

    An unintended pregnancy.

    Etymology: * First attested in the late 14th century.

  8. accidentnoun

    A quality or attribute in distinction from the substance, as sweetness, softness.

    Etymology: * First attested in the late 14th century.

  9. accidentnoun

    A property attached to a word, but not essential to it, as gender, number, case.

    Etymology: * First attested in the late 14th century.

  10. accidentnoun

    An irregular surface feature with no apparent cause.

    Etymology: * First attested in the late 14th century.

  11. accidentnoun

    A point or mark which may be retained or omitted in a coat of arms.

    Etymology: * First attested in the late 14th century.

  12. accidentnoun

    casus; such unforeseen, extraordinary, extraneous interference as is out of the range of ordinary calculation.

    Etymology: * First attested in the late 14th century.

  13. accidentnoun

    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.

    Etymology: * First attested in the late 14th century.

  14. accidentnoun

    Appearance, manifestation.

    Etymology: * First attested in the late 14th century.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Accidentnoun

    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

    Etymology: [F. accident, fr. L. accidens, -dentis, p. pr. of accidere to happen; ad + cadere to fall. See Cadence, Case.]

  2. Accidentnoun

    a property attached to a word, but not essential to it, as gender, number, case

    Etymology: [F. accident, fr. L. accidens, -dentis, p. pr. of accidere to happen; ad + cadere to fall. See Cadence, Case.]

  3. Accidentnoun

    a point or mark which may be retained or omitted in a coat of arms

    Etymology: [F. accident, fr. L. accidens, -dentis, p. pr. of accidere to happen; ad + cadere to fall. See Cadence, Case.]

  4. Accidentnoun

    a property or quality of a thing which is not essential to it, as whiteness in paper; an attribute

    Etymology: [F. accident, fr. L. accidens, -dentis, p. pr. of accidere to happen; ad + cadere to fall. See Cadence, Case.]

  5. Accidentnoun

    a quality or attribute in distinction from the substance, as sweetness, softness

    Etymology: [F. accident, fr. L. accidens, -dentis, p. pr. of accidere to happen; ad + cadere to fall. See Cadence, Case.]

  6. Accidentnoun

    any accidental property, fact, or relation; an accidental or nonessential; as, beauty is an accident

    Etymology: [F. accident, fr. L. accidens, -dentis, p. pr. of accidere to happen; ad + cadere to fall. See Cadence, Case.]

  7. Accidentnoun

    unusual appearance or effect

    Etymology: [F. accident, fr. L. accidens, -dentis, p. pr. of accidere to happen; ad + cadere to fall. See Cadence, Case.]

Freebase

  1. Accident

    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

  1. Accident

    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

  1. ACCIDENT

    A condition of affairs in which presence of mind is good, but absence of body better.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'accident' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1651

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'accident' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1488

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'accident' in Nouns Frequency: #571

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of accident in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of accident in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of accident in a Sentence

  1. Martin Cruz Smith on being asked how he liked the movie version of his novel Gorky Park.:

    It was like passing the scene of a highway accident and being relieved to learn that nobody had been seriously injured.

  2. Miguel de Cervantes:

    I think it a very happy accident.

  3. President Trump:

    My office, if you don't know where it is, you aren't going to find it by accident, the one place where my name is on the door, that office is right on Statuary Hall. They didn't touch that door. But they went into that other place where I do most of my work. They showed up there, harassingmy staff.

  4. Mark Twain:

    Fame is a vapor; popularity an accident; the only earthly certainty is oblivion.

  5. Chris Christie:

    A plumbing repair ignited a fire in the wall which then spread through the building, it was accidental, there was nothing suspicious about it, and we have complete verification and there's no doubt about it. It was just a tragic accident.

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