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ac·ci·dent

 (ăk′sĭ-dənt, -dĕnt′)
n.
1.
a. An unexpected and undesirable event, especially one resulting in damage or harm: an accident on the assembly line; car accidents on icy roads.
b. An unforeseen event that is not the result of intention or has no apparent cause: A series of happy accidents led to his promotion.
c. An instance of involuntary urination or defecation.
2. Lack of intention; chance: ran into an old friend by accident.
3. Philosophy A circumstance or attribute that is not essential to the nature of something.

[Middle English, chance event, from Old French, from Latin accidēns, accident-, present participle of accidere, to happen : ad-, ad- + cadere, to fall; see kad- in Indo-European roots.]

accident

(ˈæksɪdənt)
n
1. an unforeseen event or one without an apparent cause
2. anything that occurs unintentionally or by chance; chance; fortune: I met him by accident.
3. a misfortune or mishap, esp one causing injury or death
4. (Logic) logic philosophy Also called: adjunct a nonessential attribute or characteristic of something (as opposed to substance)
5. (Philosophy) metaphysics a property as contrasted with the substance in which it inheres
6. (Geological Science) geology a surface irregularity in a natural formation, esp in a rock formation or a river system
[C14: via Old French from Latin accident- chance, happening, from the present participle of accidere to befall, happen, from ad- to + cadere to fall]

ac•ci•dent

(ˈæk sɪ dənt)

n.
1. an undesirable or unfortunate happening that occurs unintentionally and usu. results in injury, damage, or loss.
2. an incident that results in injury, in no way the fault of the victim, for which compensation or indemnity is legally sought.
3. any event that happens unexpectedly, without a deliberate plan or cause.
4. chance; fortune; luck: I was there by accident.
5. a nonessential or incidental feature or circumstance.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin accident-, s. of accidēns chance event, contingent entity, orig. present participle of accidere to happen =ac- ac- + -cidere, comb. form of cadere to fall]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.accident - an unfortunate mishapaccident - an unfortunate mishap; especially one causing damage or injury
collision - an accident resulting from violent impact of a moving object; "three passengers were killed in the collision"; "the collision of the two ships resulted in a serious oil spill"
crash, wreck - a serious accident (usually involving one or more vehicles); "they are still investigating the crash of the TWA plane"
accidental injury, injury - an accident that results in physical damage or hurt
misadventure, mischance, mishap - an instance of misfortune
wreck, shipwreck - an accident that destroys a ship at sea
fatal accident, casualty - an accident that causes someone to die
2.accident - anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent causeaccident - anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause; "winning the lottery was a happy accident"; "the pregnancy was a stroke of bad luck"; "it was due to an accident or fortuity"
happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent - an event that happens
hap - an accidental happening; "he recorded all the little haps and mishaps of his life"
happy chance, break, good luck - an unexpected piece of good luck; "he finally got his big break"
coincidence, happenstance - an event that might have been arranged although it was really accidental
lottery - something that is regarded as a chance event; "the election was just a lottery to them"

accident

noun
1. crash, smash, wreck, collision, pile-up (informal), smash-up (informal) She was involved in a serious car accident last week.
2. misfortune, blow, disaster, tragedy, setback, calamity, mishap, misadventure, mischance, stroke of bad luck 5,000 people die every year because of accidents in the home.
3. chance, fortune, luck, fate, hazard, coincidence, fluke, fortuity She discovered the problem by accident.
Quotations
"now and then there is a person born"
"who is so unlucky that he runs into accidents"
"which started out to happen to somebody else" [Don Marquis archys life of mehitabel]

accident

noun
1. An unexpected and usually undesirable event:
2. An unexpected random event:
Translations
حَادِثحادِثَةصُدْفَهمُصَادَقَة
nehodanáhoda
uheldulykketilfældetilfældighed
onnettomuussattumatapaturmavahinko
nezgodaslučajno
baleset
slystilviljun
事故思いがけず
사고우연
atsitiktinaiatsitiktinisatsitiktinumasavarijanelaimingas atsitikimas
gadījumsnejaušībanelaimes gadījums
nezgodapo naključju
olyckaråka
โดยบังเอิญอุบัติเหตุ
tai nạnvô tình

accident

[ˈæksɪdənt]
A. N
1. (= mishap) → accidente m
to meet with or have an accidenttener or sufrir un accidente
it's an accident waiting to happenes un peligro en potencia
accidents will happenson cosas que pasan
see also road B
2. (= unforeseen event) → casualidad f
by accident (= by chance) → por or de casualidad; (= unintentionally) → sin querer, involuntariamente
by some accident I found myself thereme encontré allí por accidente
more by accident than designmás por casualidad que por intención
I'm sorry, it was an accidentlo siento, lo hice sin querer
it's no accident thatno es casualidad or casual que ...
3. (Geol, Philos) → accidente m
B. CPD Accident and Emergency Department N (in hospital) → Urgencias fpl
(road) accident figures NPLcifras fpl de accidentes (en carretera)
accident insurance Nseguro m contra accidentes
accident prevention Nprevención f de accidentes
(road) accident statistics NPLestadísticas fpl de accidentes (en carretera)

accident

[ˈæksɪdənt] n
(= mishap) → accident m
accidents at work → accidents du travail
to have an accident → avoir un accident
by accident (not deliberately)accidentellement
The burglar killed him by accident → Le cambrioleur l'a tué accidentellement.
an accident waiting to happen [person, thing] → une bombe à retardement
(= chance) → hasard m
by accident (= by chance)
She met him by accident → Elle l'a rencontré par hasard.
it's no accident that ... → ce n'est pas un hasard si ...

accident

n (Mot, in home, at work) → Unfall m; (Rail, Aviat: = disaster) → Unglück nt; (= mishap)Missgeschick nt; (= chance occurrence)Zufall m; (inf: = unplanned child) → (Verkehrs)unfall m (inf); accident and emergency department/unitNotfallstation f, → Notaufnahme f; she has had an accidentsie hat einen Unfall gehabt or (caused it) → gebaut (inf); (in car, train etc also) → sie ist verunglückt; (in kitchen etc) → ihr ist etwas or ein Missgeschick or ein Malheur passiert; little Jimmy has had an accident (euph)dem kleinen Jimmy ist ein Malheur passiert (inf); that was an accident waiting to happendas musste ja so kommen; by accident (= by chance)durch Zufall, zufällig; (= unintentionally)aus Versehen; without accident (of driver, car)unfallfrei; who by an accident of birth possessed richesder zufälligerweise reich geboren wurde; accidents will happen (prov) → so was kann vorkommen, so was kommt in den besten Familien vor (inf); it was an accidentes war ein Versehen; it was pure accident that …es war reiner Zufall, dass …; it’s no accident that …es ist kein Zufall, dass …; (not surprisingly) → es kommt nicht von ungefähr, dass …

accident

:
accident insurance
accident prevention
accident-prone
adjvom Pech verfolgt; she is very accidentsie ist vom Pech verfolgt, sie ist ein richtiger Pechvogel; (more serious) → ihr passieren ständig Unfälle
accident report
accident risk
nUnfallrisiko nt

accident

[ˈæksɪdnt] n (harmful) → incidente m, disgrazia; (unexpected) → (puro) caso
road accident → incidente stradale
to meet with or to have an accident → avere un incidente
accidents at work → infortuni mpl sul lavoro
by accident (by chance) → per caso (unintentionally) → senza volere, per sbaglio
accidents will happen → sono cose che capitano or succedono

accident

(ˈӕksidənt) noun
1. an unexpected happening, often harmful, causing injury etc. There has been a road accident.
2. chance. I met her by accident.
ˌacciˈdental (-ˈden-) adjective
happening by chance or accident. an accidental discovery.
ˌacciˈdentally (-ˈden-) adverb

accident

حادِثَة, مُصَادَقَة náhoda, nehoda uheld Unfall, versehentlich ατύχημα accidente onnettomuus, vahinko accident, par hasard nezgoda, slučajno incidente 事故, 思いがけず 사고, 우연 ongeluk feil, ulykke wypadek acidente несчастный случай, случайно olycka, råka โดยบังเอิญ, อุบัติเหตุ kaza, kazayla tai nạn, vô tình 事故, 意外

ac·ci·dent

n. accidente;
by ___por casualidad, sin querer;
car ______ automovilístico;
occupational ______ del trabajo, ocupacional;
traffic ______ de tráfico.
Accident   

accident

n accidente m; by — sin querer; cerebrovascular — accidente cerebrovascular; traffic o motor vehicle — accidente de tránsito or tráfico, choque m (fam); work-related — accidente de trabajo
References in classic literature ?
Quite by accident, of course, some pretty, easy music lay on the piano, and with trembling fingers and frequent stops to listen and look about, Beth at last touched the great instrument, and straightway forgot her fear, herself, and everything else but the unspeakable delight which the music gave her, for it was like the voice of a beloved friend.
It is not an accident and it is not because I do not know as much of medicine as anyone here.
The accident cast a little damper over the party, and there was a feeling of gloom among the Indians.
On the table beside her there was a basket of early summer flowers which the Pole had left after he heard of the accident.
Her marriage to Leonce Pontellier was purely an accident, in this respect resembling many other marriages which masquerade as the decrees of Fate.
He was brought among us, as I have heard, by some strange accident in which your father was interested, and in which the savage was rigidly dealt by; but I forget the idle tale, it is enough, that he is now our friend.
As he did not deem it necessary to add that two citizens, in the exercise of a freeman's franchise, had been supplementing their ballots with bullets, in front of an admiring crowd, they knew nothing of that accident that removed from Devil's Ford an entertaining stranger, who had only the night before partaken of their hospitality.
Indeed, his life seemed to be standing still at a period little in advance of childhood, and to cluster all his reminiscences about that epoch; just as, after the torpor of a heavy blow, the sufferer's reviving consciousness goes back to a moment considerably behind the accident that stupefied him.
It was marked with the noble and heroic qualities which showed it to be not a mere accident, but of good right, that he had won a distinguished name.
I was a little alarmed by his energy, perhaps also a little touched at the hearty grief in his concluding exclamation, but said as calmly as I could, What you say is no doubt true enough, sir; but how could I know there was any peculiar ferocity in that particular whale, though indeed I might have inferred as much from the simple fact of the accident.
See that amazing lower lip, pressed by accident against the vessel's side, so as firmly to embrace the jaw.
I had often wondered how it was that Sir Oliver had such a very short tail; it really was only six or seven inches long, with a tassel of hair hanging from it; and on one of our holidays in the orchard I ventured to ask him by what accident it was that he had lost his tail.