What does accident mean?

Definitions for accident
ˈæk sɪ dəntac·ci·dent

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. accident(noun)

    an unfortunate mishap; especially one causing damage or injury

  2. 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"

Wiktionary

  1. accident(Noun)

    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. accident(Noun)

    Any chance event.

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

  3. accident(Noun)

    Chance.

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

  4. accident(Noun)

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

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

  5. accident(Noun)

    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. accident(Noun)

    An instance of incontinence.

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

  7. accident(Noun)

    An unintended pregnancy.

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

  8. accident(Noun)

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

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

  9. accident(Noun)

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

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

  10. accident(Noun)

    An irregular surface feature with no apparent cause.

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

  11. accident(Noun)

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

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

  12. accident(Noun)

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

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

  13. accident(Noun)

    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. accident(Noun)

    Appearance, manifestation.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Accident(noun)

    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. Accident(noun)

    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. Accident(noun)

    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. Accident(noun)

    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. Accident(noun)

    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. Accident(noun)

    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. Accident(noun)

    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.

British National Corpus

  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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How to say accident in sign language?

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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. Paul Cohen:

    Human communication feels so natural that we don't notice how much mental work it requires, but try to communicate while you're doing something else — the high accident rate among people who text while driving says it all — and you'll quickly realize how demanding it is.

  2. Kolbrn Reykfjr Gylfadttir:

    TEXAS GRANDMOTHER RESCUED AFTER POSING ON ICEBERG THRONE THAT DRIFTED OUT TO SEA DURING ICELAND VACATION In Iceland, the iconic Reynisfjara Beach has been the site where several tourists have died over the past decade due to the waves, with many close calls also being reported. Around the same time of the incident caught on video, another tourist was injured when he was also knocked over by a wave and nearly dragged out to sea, Icelandic news site Visir reported. A warning sign at Reynisfjara Beach in Iceland as seen in October 2018. ( Travis Fedschun/Fox News) The entrance to the beach area does feature warning signs that highlight the risk, but officials said the two incidents have prompted a safety review of the tourist site. CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP At a meeting on Friday, government officials introduced measures to improve safety at the beach that could allow police to close the site for five to seven days from November till March every year due to weather conditions, Icelandic news outlet Morgunblai reported. A group of tourists in Iceland were left scampering to safety when a large chunk of a nearby glacier suddenly collapsed into the sea, producing a gigantic wave that caught the adventurers by surprise. Another project in the works is a wave forecast system for the beach with a connected warning system to inform tourists who plan on traveling to the site. The project would also include a mast on the beach with a light that would flash a warning at times of danger, according to the Iceland Review. Icelandic Minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation rds Kolbrn Reykfjr Gylfadttir has said the recent incidents prove why a risk evaluation of the area is necessary. Its unacceptable that theres a risk of a massive accident in one of the most popular tourist locations in the country, without the necessary arrangements in place, certain improvements have been made, but the responsibility for the case is complicated as well as the fact that travelers often ignore warnings, putting themselves at great risk.

  3. Paul Graham:

    It can be interesting to study ancient philosophy, but more as a kind of accident report than to teach you anything useful.

  4. Earl Weener:

    Yesterday I mentioned that we found a failure in a component of the left front wheel. The NTSB has learned that Ride the Ducks International, which refurbished the accident vehicle in 2005, notified its customers of a potential safety related concern in 2013. They recommended repair or increased monitoring by operators.

  5. Danielle Brown:

    He said that it was an accident, that he didn’t mean to kill her and he just wanted to scare her and hurt her because she hurt him so bad, [He also said] that he wanted to be her savior, he wanted to be the one that came in after a quote-unquote intruder did and save her.

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