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Noun incident has 2 senses

Adjective incident has 2 senses


incidenta. [L. incidens, -entis, p. pr. & of incidere to fall into or upon; pref. in- in, on + cadere to fall: cf. F. incident. See Cadence.].
  •  Falling or striking upon, as a ray of light upon a reflecting surface.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Coming or happening accidentally; not in the usual course of things; not in connection with the main design; not according to expectation; casual; fortuitous.  [1913 Webster]
    "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."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Liable to happen; apt to occur; befalling; hence, naturally happening or appertaining.  [1913 Webster]
    "All chances incident to man's frail life."  [1913 Webster]
    "The studies incident to his profession."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Dependent upon, or appertaining to, another thing, called the principal.  [1913 Webster]
Incident proposition (Logic), a proposition subordinate to another, and introduced by who, which, whose, whom, etc.; as, Julius, whose surname was Cæsar, overcame Pompey. I. Watts.
incidentn. [Cf. F. incident.].
  •  That which falls out or takes place; an event; casualty; occurrence.  [1913 Webster]
  •  That which happens aside from the main design; an accidental or subordinate action or event.  [1913 Webster]
    "No person, no incident, in a play but must be of use to carry on the main design."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Something appertaining to, passing with, or depending on, another, called the principal.  Tomlins.
Syn. -- Circumstance; event; fact; adventure; contingency; chance; accident; casualty. See Event.


incident, n. & adj.
1 a an event or occurrence. b a minor or detached event attracting general attention or noteworthy in some way.
2 a hostile clash, esp. of troops of countries at war (a frontier incident).
3 a distinct piece of action in a play or a poem.
4 Law a privilege, burden, etc., attaching to an obligation or right.
1 a (often foll. by to) apt or liable to happen; naturally attaching or dependent. b (foll. by to) Law attaching to.
2 (often foll. by on, upon) (of light etc.) falling or striking.

ME f. F incident or L incidere (as IN-(2), cadere fall)



action, adventure, affair, anagnorisis, angle, architectonics, architecture, argument, atmosphere, background, catastrophe, characterization, circumstance, color, commotion, complication, condition, conjuncture, contingency, continuity, contrivance, denouement, design, development, device, disturbance, do, episode, event, eventuality, experience, fable, fact, falling action, fracas, gimmick, hap, happening, happenstance, juncture, line, local color, matter of fact, mood, motif, movement, mythos, occasion, occurrence, particular, peripeteia, phenomenon, plan, plot, proceeding, reality, recognition, rising action, scene, scheme, secondary plot, set-to, skirmish, slant, story, structure, subject, subplot, switch, thematic development, theme, to-do, tone, topic, turn of events, twist, upset




N eventuality, event, occurrence, incident, affair, matter, thing, episode, happening, proceeding, contingency, juncture, experience, fact, matter of fact, naked fact, bare facts, just the facts, phenomenon, advent, business, concern, transaction, dealing, proceeding, circumstance, particular, casualty, accident, adventure, passage, crisis, pass, emergency, contingency, consequence, opportunity (occasion), the world, life, things, doings, affairs in general, things in general, affairs in general, the times, state of affairs, order of the day, course of things, tide of things, stream of things, current of things, run of things, march of things, course of events, ups and downs of life, vicissitudes of life, chapter of accidents, situation, happening, going on, doing, current, in the wind, in the air, afloat, on foot, afoot, on the tapis, at issue, in question, incidental, eventful, stirring, bustling, full of incident, memorable, momentous, signal, eventually, in the event of, in case, just in case, in the course of things, as things, times go, as the world goes, wags, as the tree falls, cat jumps, as it may turn out, happen, that's the way the ball bounces, that's the way the cookie crumbles, you never know what may turn up, you never know what the future will bring, the plot thickens, breasts the blows of circumstance, so runs round of life from hour to hour, sprinkled along the waste of years.

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