from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A definite and separate occurrence; an event. See Synonyms at occurrence.
- n. A usually minor event or condition that is subordinate to another.
- n. Something contingent on or related to something else.
- n. An occurrence or event that interrupts normal procedure or precipitates a crisis: an international incident.
- adj. Tending to arise or occur as a result or accompaniment: "There is a professional melancholy . . . incident to the occupation of a tailor” ( Charles Lamb).
- adj. Related to or dependent on another thing.
- adj. Physics Falling upon or striking a surface: incident radiation.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An event or occurrence.
- n. A relatively minor event that is incidental to, or related to others
- n. An event that may cause or causes an interruption or a crisis
- n. In safety, an incident of workplace illness or injury
- adj. Arising as the result of an event, inherent
- adj. (of a stream of particles or radiation) falling on or striking a surface (e.g. "The incident light illuminated the surface.")
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Falling or striking upon, as a ray of light upon a reflecting surface.
- adj. Coming or happening accidentally; not in the usual course of things; not in connection with the main design; not according to expectation; casual; fortuitous.
- adj. Liable to happen; apt to occur; befalling; hence, naturally happening or appertaining.
- adj. Dependent upon, or appertaining to, another thing, called the principal.
- n. That which falls out or takes place; an event; casualty; occurrence.
- n. That which happens aside from the main design; an accidental or subordinate action or event.
- n. Something appertaining to, passing with, or depending on, another, called the principal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Falling or striking upon something, as a ray of light or a projectile; impinging or acting upon anything from without.
- Likely to happen; apt to occur; hence, naturally appertaining; necessarily conjoined.
- Appertaining to or following another thing; conjoined as a subordinate to a principal thing; appurtenant: as, rent is incident to a reversion.
- Subordinate; casual; incidental.
- n. That which falls out or takes place; an occurrence; something which takes place in connection with an event or a series of events of greater importance.
- n. A thing necessarily or frequently depending upon, appertaining to, or legally passing with another that is the principal or more important; a natural or characteristic accompaniment.
- n. In decorative art, the representation of any action, often much conventionalized, but still to be recognized: thus, a frieze may consist of a number of incidents relating collectively some historical event.
- Same as afferent
- : noting the nerves which convey impressions from the periphery to the nervous centers.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. (sometimes followed by `to') minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature or occurring as a chance concomitant or consequence
- n. a public disturbance
- n. a single distinct event
- adj. falling or striking of light rays on something
Middle English, from Old French, apt to happen, an incident, from Latin incidēns, incident-, present participle of incidere, to happen : in-, on; see in-2 + cadere, to fall; see kad- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Recorded since 1412, from Latin incidens, the present active participle of incidō ("to happen, befall"), itself from in- ("on") + -cidō, the combining form of cadō ("to fall"). (Wiktionary)