What does error mean?

Definitions for error
ˈɛr ərer·ror

Here are all the possible meanings 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.

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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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. Adam Smith:

    This was at best an error in judgment, and at worst flat-out dishonesty.

  2. Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton:

    Destiny is but a phrase of the weak human heart - the dark apology for every error. The strong and virtuous admit no destiny. On earth conscience guides in heaven God watches. And destiny is but the phantom we invoke to silence the one and dethrone the other.

  3. Francois Marie Arouet Voltaire:

    Love truth but pardon error.

  4. Highway Patrol Lt. Troy Hischer:

    We believe it was driver error at this point -- he became complacent, or something else was going on.

  5. Mayor Andrew Gilich:

    It was an honest error. I think they just pulled the verbiage from it and posted it on the tweet, and when there was a reaction to it, there’s no cover up, Councilman Kenny Glavan told WLOX-TV. You know, we’re all looking at it and saying, ‘ Hey, we need to change it.'.

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    joint that forms a corner; usually both sides are bevelled at a 45-degree angle to form a 90-degree corner
    • A. flair
    • B. contempt
    • C. mitre
    • D. arborolatry

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