What does error mean?

Definitions for error
ˈɛr ərer·ror

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word error.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mistake, error, faultnoun

    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, errornoun

    inadvertent incorrectness

  3. error, erroneous beliefnoun

    a misconception resulting from incorrect information

  4. error, misplaynoun

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

  5. error, wrongdoingnoun

    departure from what is ethically acceptable

  6. error, computer errornoun

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

  7. error, mistakenoun

    part of a statement that is not correct

    "the book was full of errors"


  1. errornoun

    The state, quality, or condition of being wrong.

  2. errornoun

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

  3. errornoun

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

  4. errornoun

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

  5. errornoun

    A play which is scored as having been made incorrectly.

  6. errornoun

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

  7. errorverb

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

  8. errorverb

    To show or contain an error or fault.

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

  9. errorverb

    To err.

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


  1. error

    CONFIG.SYS is the primary configuration file for the DOS and OS/2 operating systems. It is a special ASCII text file that contains user-accessible setup or configuration directives evaluated by the operating system's DOS BIOS (typically residing in IBMBIO.COM or IO.SYS) during boot. CONFIG.SYS was introduced with DOS 2.0.


  1. error

    Error generally refers to a mistake, discrepancy, or inaccuracy in something such as a calculation, process, decision, data, or operation. It could be due to a misunderstanding, miscommunication, misinterpretation, or flaw in a system or tool. Errors can occur in various fields such as computer programming, statistics, mathematics, measurement, and testing. The magnitude and impact of an error can vary widely, from negligible or harmless to critical or detrimental. It usually implies a need for correction or rectification to achieve accuracy and correctness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Errornoun

    a wandering; a roving or irregular course

  2. Errornoun

    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. Errornoun

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

  4. Errornoun

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

  5. Errornoun

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

  6. Errornoun

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

  7. Errornoun

    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. Errornoun

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

  9. Errornoun

    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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  1. error

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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

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  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

Examples of error in a Sentence

  1. 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.

  2. Otis Brawley:

    And it really upset the anti-smoking people, it upset the folks who are in the nutrition and physical activity for cancer prevention -- Bert Vogelstein really upset the prevention crowd, keep in mind it's a mathematical simulation, it's not a clinical trial, but [ Vogelstein is ] noting that a certain number of cases are due to replication error, DNA replication error, in normal growth.

  3. Bram Bekaert:

    The blood test, for example, has an accuracy of about 3.75 years over a whole age population, meaning that from newborns up to about 91 years of age our accuracy was about 3.75, the younger the individual is the higher the accuracy is because it has had less influence of the environment. So the more a person has an influence over the environment on his epigenome, as we call it, so the chemical structures on the genome the larger the error rate will become. So the error rate for younger people is about two years of age, while for 91 years of age it will be about five and a half, six, years of age.

  4. Sigmund Freud:

    From error to error, one discovers the entire truth.

  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.

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