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)
- (countable, uncountable) An event or occurrence.
- She could not recall the time of the incident.
- It was an incident that he hoped to forget.
- The suspect was released without further incident.
- A (relatively minor) event that is incidental to, or related to others.
- An event that causes or may cause an interruption or a crisis, such as a workplace illness or a software error.
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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.
- 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.
- 1594–1597, Richard Hooker, J[ohn] S[penser], editor, Of the Lawes of Ecclesiastical Politie, […], London: […] Will[iam] Stansby [for Matthew Lownes], published 1611, →OCLC, (please specify the page):
- 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.
- 1671, John Milton, “Samson Agonistes, […]”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: […] J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], →OCLC, page 43:
- All chances incident to mans frail life.
- 17th century, Richard Milward, "Preface" to Seldeniana
- the studies incident to his profession
- 1816, Richard Lawrence, The complete farrier, and British sportsman, page 245:
- The Vives, like the strangles, is most incident to young horses, and usually proceeds from the same causes, such as catching cold, being over-heated, or over-worked, about the time of shedding their teeth.
- (law) Dependent upon, or appertaining to, another thing, called the principal.
incident m (plural incidents)
Borrowed from Middle French incident, from Old French incident, from Latin incidēns.
incident n (plural incidenten)
incident (feminine incidente, masculine plural incidents, feminine plural incidentes)
incident m (plural incidents)
- “incident”, in Trésor de la langue française informatisé [Digitized Treasury of the French Language], 2012.
Form of the verb incidō (“I fall upon”).
Form of the verb incīdō (“I cut or hew open”).
Borrowed from French incident.
incident m or n (feminine singular incidentă, masculine plural incidenți, feminine and neuter plural incidente)
incìdent m (Cyrillic spelling инцѝдент)
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