3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Incident \In"ci*dent\, noun [Cf. F. incident.]

1. That which falls out or takes place; an event; casualty; occurrence.

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}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Incident \In"ci*dent\, adjective [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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: falling or striking of light rays on something; "incident light"

2: (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 incidental to a quick change" [syn: {incidental}, {incident}] [ant: {basic}]


1: a single distinct event

2: a public disturbance; "the police investigated an incident at the bus station"

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