accident


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to accident: Funny videos

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 An attribute of a substance that is not essential to its nature.

[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 ?
These fellows, knowing the extravagant gullibility of the age, set their wits to work in the imagination of improbable possibilities - of odd accidents, as they term them; but to a reflecting intellect(like mine," I added, in parenthesis, putting my forefinger unconsciously to the side of my nose,) "to a contemplative understanding such as I myself possess, it seems evident at once that the marvelous increase of late in these 'odd accidents' is by far the oddest accident of all.
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.
Some fatal accident has happened to her on those rocks.
With the exception of the terrible details, Jackson's story of his accident was the same as that I had already heard.
The night passed without accident, but in such profound obscurity, that it was necessary to use redoubled vigilance.
The accident fell out in Appin -- mind ye that, Alan; it's Appin that must pay; and I am a man that has a family.
So, thanks to his care, his intelligence, his useful intervention in all difficulties, his prodigious and humane sagacity, the average of accidents did not exceed that of transatlantic countries, noted for their excessive precautions-- France, for instance, among others, where they reckon about one accident for every two hundred thousand francs of work.
I feared an accident now, for I knew no thief could steal him, yet even an accident seemed incredible, he was always so cautious at crossings; also there could not possibly have been an accident to Porthos without there being an accident to something else.
There was an accident and I received this blow to my head - only a trifling affair, after all.
Pollyanna was a little late for supper on the night of the accident to John Pendleton; but, as it happened, she escaped without reproof.
My own opinion of the matter is, briefly, as follows: I don't think she has met with any serious accident.
If the wind held good, the distance might be traversed in five hours; if no accident happened the sledge might reach Omaha by one o'clock.