Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An act, assertion, or belief that unintentionally deviates from what is correct, right, or true.
  • n. The condition of having incorrect or false knowledge.
  • n. The act or an instance of deviating from an accepted code of behavior.
  • n. A mistake.
  • n. Mathematics The difference between a computed or measured value and a true or theoretically correct value.
  • n. Baseball A defensive fielding or throwing misplay by a player when a play normally should have resulted in an out or prevented an advance by a base runner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state, quality, or condition of being wrong.
  • n. A mistake; an accidental wrong action or a false statement not made deliberately.
  • n. A failure to complete a task, usually involving a premature termination.
  • n. The difference between a measured or calculated value and a true one.
  • n. A play which is scored as having been made incorrectly.
  • n. One or more mistakes in a trial that could be grounds for review of the judgement.
  • v. To function improperly due to an error, especially accompanied by error message.
  • v. To show or contain an error or fault.
  • v. To err.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wandering; a roving or irregular course.
  • n. A wandering or deviation from the right course or standard; irregularity; mistake; inaccuracy; something made wrong or left wrong
  • n. A departing or deviation from the truth; falsity; false notion; wrong opinion; mistake; misapprehension.
  • n. A moral offense; violation of duty; a sin or transgression; iniquity; fault.
  • n. The difference between the approximate result and the true result; -- used particularly in the rule of double position.
  • n.
  • n. The difference between an observed value and the true value of a quantity.
  • n. The difference between the observed value of a quantity and that which is taken or computed to be the true value; -- sometimes called residual error.
  • n. A mistake in the proceedings of a court of record in matters of law or of fact.
  • n. A fault of a player of the side in the field which results in failure to put out a player on the other side, or gives him an unearned base.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A wandering; a devious and uncertain course.
  • n. A deviation from the truth; a discrepancy between what is thought to be true and what is true; an unintentional positive falsity; a false proposition or mode of thought.
  • n. An inaccuracy due to oversight or accident; something different from what was intended, especially in speaking, writing, or printing: as, a clerical error (which see, below).
  • n. A wrong-doing; a moral fault; a sin, especially one that is not very heinous.
  • n. The difference between the observed or otherwise determined value of a physical quantity and the true value: also called the true error.
  • n. In law, a mistake in a judicial determination of a court, whether in deciding wrongly on the merits or ruling wrongly on an incidental point, to the prejudice of the rights of a party.
  • n. Perplexity; anxiety; concern.
  • n. In base-ball, a failure by one of the fielders to put out an opponent when he has the opportunity; a misplay by which a runner secures a base.
  • In law, upon an appeal, to reverse the judgment or other determination of the court below, on account of error in its proceedings.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. inadvertent incorrectness
  • n. departure from what is ethically acceptable
  • n. (baseball) a failure of a defensive player to make an out when normal play would have sufficed
  • n. a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
  • n. (computer science) the occurrence of an incorrect result produced by a computer
  • n. part of a statement that is not correct
  • n. a misconception resulting from incorrect information

Etymologies

Middle English errour, from Old French, from Latin error, from errāre, to err.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English errour, from Latin error ("wandering about"), infinitive of errō ("to wander, to err"). Cognate with Gothic  (airzei, "error"), Gothic  (airzjan, "to lead astray"). More at err. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The record of that court tells us that it _did_; and if we are to see whether there be any error on that record, and adopt the unanimous opinion of the judges, that those six counts, or the findings on them, are so bad that no judgment upon them would be good, how can we give judgment for the defendant, and thereby declare that there is _no error_ in the record?

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 349, November, 1844

  • The error was clearly the real cause of the banishment; what precisely this _error_ was Ovid does not reveal, but it appears from _Tr_ II 103-4 and _Tr_ III v 49-50 to have been the witnessing of some action that was embarrassing to the imperial family.

    The Last Poems of Ovid

  • But an error it most certainly was: and to that _error_, the _accident_ described in the last preceding paragraph _would have_ very materially conduced, and it may have very easily done so.

    The Last Twelve Verses of the Gospel According to S. Mark

  • And as for this, its simple math, as you guys said: toyota = automatic transmition+ "safety" guard to prevent it from going into neutral while the engine is under load+push-button start (on some models) with "safety" guard preventing one from merely pressing the button and shutting the engine off while in motion+ (engine kill switch * 0) +drive-by-wire accelerator+human error in programming+driver error+ sheer stupidity = death.

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  • Some DV camcorders also have the +7.5 IRE black level error (aka washout error*) with pass-through.

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  • Processing Block: 2108 of 3556; error: An error has occurred inside the * error* functionFunction cancelled.

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  • The results seem to point to the existence of two distinct factors in the so-called 'constant error' in these cases: first, what we may call the _bare constant error_, or simply the constant error, which appears when the conditions of stimulation are objectively the same as regards both intervals, and which we must suppose to be present in all other cases; and second, the particular lengthening effect which a change in locality produces upon the interval in which it occurs.

    Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1 Containing Sixteen Experimental Investigations from the Harvard Psychological Laboratory.

  • $error variable, you would see that the error had in fact occurred and was actually received by the error record.

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  • $error variable is set to TRUE, which causes the function to display the theme's error page.

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  • ; error: An error has occurred inside the * error* functionFunction cancelled

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