Recorded since 1412, from Middle French incident, from Latin incidens, the present active participle of incidō (“to happen, befall”), itself from in- (“on”) + -cidō, the combining form of cadō (“to fall”).
incident (plural incidents)
- An event or occurrence.
- A relatively minor event that is incidental to, or related to others
- An event that may cause or causes an interruption or a crisis
- In safety, an incident of workplace illness or injury
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incident (not comparable)
- Arising as the result of an event, inherent
- (physics) (of a stream of particles or radiation) falling on or striking a surface (e.g. "The incident light illuminated the surface.")
- 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.
- Liable to happen; apt to occur; befalling; hence, naturally happening or appertaining.
- all chances incident to man's frail life
- the studies incident to his profession
- (law) Dependent upon, or appertaining to, another thing, called the principal.
Form of the verb incidō (“I fall upon”).
Form of the verb incīdō (“I cut or hew open”).
incìdent m (Cyrillic spelling инцѝдент)