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Meaning of INCIDENT

Pronunciation:  'insidunt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a single distinct event
  2. [n]  a public disturbance; "the police investigated an incident at the bus station"
  3. [adj]  (sometimes followed by `to') minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature or occurring as a chance concomitant or consequence; "incidental expenses"; "the road will bring other incidental advantages"; "extra duties incidental to the job"; "labor problems incidental to a rapid expansion"; "confusion incident to a quick change"
  4. [adj]  falling or striking on something

INCIDENT is a 8 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: by(a), bye(a), incidental, parenthetic, parenthetical, peripheral, secondary, side(a)
 Antonyms: basic
 See Also: cause celebre, commotion, contagion, disruption, disturbance, episode, flutter, happening, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, infection, kerfuffle, natural event, occurrence, scene, sideshow, stir, to-do, transmission, turmoil



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In"ci*dent\, a. [L. incidens, -entis, p. pr. & of
    incidere to fall into or upon; pref. in- in, on + cadere to
    fall: cf. F. incident. See {Cadence}.]
    1. Falling or striking upon, as a ray of light upon a
       reflecting surface.
    2. Coming or happening accidentally; not in the usual course
       of things; not in connection with the main design; not
       according to expectation; casual; fortuitous.
             As the ordinary course of common affairs is disposed
             of by general laws, so likewise men's rarer incident
             necessities and utilities should be with special
             equity considered.                    --Hooker.
    3. Liable to happen; apt to occur; befalling; hence,
       naturally happening or appertaining.
             All chances incident to man's frail life. --Milton.
             The studies incident to his profession. --Milward.
    4. (Law) Dependent upon, or appertaining to, another thing,
       called the principal.
    {Incident proposition} (Logic), a proposition subordinate to
       another, and introduced by who, which, whose, whom, etc.;
       as, Julius, whose surname was C[ae]sar, overcame Pompey.
       --I. Watts.
  2. \In"ci*dent\, n. [Cf. F. incident.]
    1. That which falls out or takes place; an event; casualty;
    2. That which happens aside from the main design; an
       accidental or subordinate action or event.
             No person, no incident, in a play but must be of use
             to carry on the main design.          --Dryden.
    3. (Law) Something appertaining to, passing with, or
       depending on, another, called the principal. --Tomlins.
    Syn: Circumstance; event; fact; adventure; contingency;
         chance; accident; casualty. See {Event}.
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