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ˌæk sɪˈdɛn tlac·ci·den·tal

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. accidentaladjective

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

  2. accidental, inadvertentadjective

    happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally

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

Wiktionary

  1. accidentalnoun

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

    Etymology: * First attested in 1386.

  2. accidentalnoun

    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.

    Etymology: * First attested in 1386.

  3. accidentalnoun

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

    Etymology: * First attested in 1386.

  4. accidentaladjective

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

    an accidental visit

    Etymology: * First attested in 1386.

  5. accidentaladjective

    Nonessential; not necessary belonging; incidental

    are accidental to a play

    Etymology: * First attested in 1386.

  6. accidentaladjective

    Foreign to the key signature or a proper harmony.

    Etymology: * First attested in 1386.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Accidentaladjective

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

  2. Accidentaladjective

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

  3. Accidentalnoun

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

  4. Accidentalnoun

    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. Accidentalnoun

    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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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of accidental in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of accidental in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of accidental in a Sentence

  1. Ateny Wek:

    However, our forces did not commit any human rights violations. There are a number of bandits and lone militia forces that are active in that area, our forces do not kill civilians. Occasionally there may be accidental deaths as a result of crossfire, but the South Sudanese army is not responsible for this heinous crime. We intend to investigate who is responsible and bring them to justice.

  2. Ipek Ozkardeskaya:

    Given the pressures on the EUR/CHF, an accidental break of the floor would have been more serious for SNB credibility.

  3. Marissa Bridge:

    I would hope that they would apologize, it wasan accident. It was not their fault. It was an accidental death, but I’m sure that person carries around a lot of pain about it. And if they did come forward to apologize, I think it would be very healing for them. And for me. Although, I have forgiven that person because I knew that it wasn’t done intentionally. It was just a tragic accident. So I don’t hold any ill will towards the person at all. Allan was just at the wrong place at the wrong time.

  4. Minidoka County:

    There is video of this incident, you can clearly see that it is an accidental shooting.

  5. Melissa Hoppmeyer:

    It shows a definite consciousness of guilt.I think it's an important piece of evidence, not only for the investigation but for the prosecution later to show that this wasn't accidental, this wasn't because she doesn't know how to raise children...this is because she made a decision and she was premeditated in that decision.

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