What does accidental mean?

Definitions for accidental
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.

  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.

  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.

  4. accidentaladjective

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

    an accidental visit

  5. accidentaladjective

    Nonessential; not necessary belonging; incidental

    are accidental to a play

  6. accidentaladjective

    Foreign to the key signature or a proper harmony.

  7. Etymology: * First attested in 1386.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Accidentaladjective

    Etymology: from accident.

    A distinction is to be made between what pleases naturally in itself, and what pleases upon the account of machines, actors, dances, and circumstances, which are merely accidental to the tragedy. Thomas Rymer, Tragedies of the last Age.

    This is accidental to a state of religion, and therefore ought to be reckoned among the ordinary difficulties of it. John Tillotson.

    Thy sin’s not accidental, but a trade. William Shakespeare, Meas. for Meas.

    So shall you hear
    Of accidental judgments, casual slaughters;
    Of deaths put on by cunning, and forc’d cause. William Shakespeare, Ham.

    Look upon things of the most accidental and mutable nature; accidental in their production, and mutable in their continuance; yet God’s prescience of them is as certain in him, as the memory of them is, or can be, in us. Robert South, Sermons.

    Ay, such a minister as wind to fire,
    That adds an accidental fierceness to
    Its natural fury. John Denham, Sophy.

  2. Accidentalnoun

    A property nonessential.

    Etymology: accidental, Fr.

    Conceive, as much as you can, of the essentials of any subject, before you consider its accidentals. Isaac Watts, Logick.

ChatGPT

  1. accidental

    Accidental refers to an event or situation that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, or anything that occurs without any purposeful planning or cause. Furthermore, in the context of music, an accidental is a symbol denoting changes to a note's pitch.

  2. accidental

    Accidental is an adjective that refers to something occurring unexpectedly, unintentionally, or by chance, without being planned or foreseen. It can also refer to an incidental or nonessential thing or circumstance. In music, an accidental is a sign that changes or modifies the pitch of a note.

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

Wikidata

  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. Attorney Paul Engh:

    And a police officer’s accidental shot is not a crime.

  2. Srully Blotnick:

    The fact remains that the overwhelming majority of people who have become wealthy have become so thanks to work they found profoundly absorbing. The long term study of people who eventually became wealthy clearly reveals that their "luck" arose from accidental dedication they had to an arena they enjoyed.

  3. Hishammuddin Hussein:

    My concern is unintended, accidental, unintentional incidents on the high seas, especially between two major powers that at the end of the day will end up affecting smaller nations like Malaysia.

  4. Sheila Vakharia:

    This result highlights what many would call the substitution effect : when people substitute one drug for another, according to the substitution effect, people who have become dependent on prescribed opioids and lose convenient access to them may substitute with heroin. However, illicit heroin is often of unknown quality and purity... so it can increase risk of accidental overdose and poisoning.

  5. John Lott:

    It raised total accidental deaths to 586 when they should have been 486, the lowest number on record despite the explosion in gun sales and concealed carry permits.

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