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Meaning of ACCIDENT

Pronunciation:  'aksidunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  anything that happens by chance without an apparent cause
  2. [n]  a mishap; especially one causing injury or death

ACCIDENT is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: chance event, fortuity
 See Also: accidental injury, break, casualty, coincidence, collision, crash, fatal accident, good luck, hap, happening, happenstance, happy chance, injury, lottery, misadventure, mischance, mishap, natural event, occurrence, shipwreck, wreck



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ac"ci*dent\, n. [F. accident, fr. L. accidens,
-dentis, p. pr. of accidere to happen; ad + cadere to fall.
See {Cadence}, {Case}.]
1. 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.

         Of moving accidents by flood and field. --Shak.

         Thou cam'st not to thy place by accident: It is the
         very place God meant for thee.        --Trench.

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

3. (Her.) A point or mark which may be retained or omitted in
   a coat of arms.

4. (Log.)
   (a) A property or quality of a thing which is not
       essential to it, as whiteness in paper; an attribute.
   (b) A quality or attribute in distinction from the
       substance, as sweetness, softness.

5. Any accidental property, fact, or relation; an accidental
   or nonessential; as, beauty is an accident.

         This accident, as I call it, of Athens being
         situated some miles from the sea.     --J. P.

6. Unusual appearance or effect. [Obs.] --Chaucer.

Note: Accident, in Law, is equivalent to casus, or such
      unforeseen, extraordinary, extraneous interference as
      is out of the range of ordinary calculation.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: The first approach to explaining dreaming of an accident is to consider it as a warning for possible future traffic accidents. You might be rehearsing a dangerous situation that you could have avoided if you would have been more cautious. Maybe it is time to slow down, and face your fears and doubts, are you still in control, is there any built up guilt? When someone you know dies in an accident in your dream, you might want to consider the nature of your relationship with that person, it might need some serious mending.
Thesaurus Terms
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