- 1An unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury: he had an accident at the factory [mass noun]: if you are unable to work owing to accident or sicknessMore example sentences
- He said data from accidents and damage incidents is collected and used to tailor officer and staff training to improve safety and cut down costs.
- Air accident investigators say the incident was ‘serious’ and are checking instructions from air traffic control.
- Each year, more than 37,000 women die from accidents.
- 1.1A crash involving road or other vehicles: four people were killed in a road accidentMore example sentences
- Currently the only call-outs that Grassington does not cover are road traffic accidents and aircraft crashes because it does not have the specialist cutting equipment required.
- Each year more than 200 people are rescued from vehicles involved in road accidents in North Yorkshire, a greater number than those rescued from fires.
- ‘All staff responding to road traffic accidents should thoroughly search vehicles,’ he said.
- 2An event that happens by chance or that is without apparent or deliberate cause: the pregnancy was an accident it is no accident that Manchester has produced more than its fair share of professional comicsMore example sentences
- As a result, they welcomed successful accidents and chance events.
- Thus, accidents or chance events function as sites around which narratives of individual difference can collocate.
- Perhaps it was no accident that the two events coincided, since the association between oysters and sex has been so hackneyed as to become an embarrassing cliché.
- 2.1 [mass noun] The working of fortune; chance: members belong to the House of Lords through hereditary right or accident of birthMore example sentences
- By accident of birth, most, but not all American leaders, were born in the United States.
- And so now by pure accident of birth, I'm alive at a time where science is about to figure this out.
- All to make sure that the children get the opportunities they were denied by mere accident of birth.
- 3 Philosophy (In Aristotelian thought) a property of a thing which is not essential to its nature.More example sentences
- The new element is existence, which Avicenna regarded as an accident, a property of things.
- It does not tell me that I am a substance (that is, an independently existing object) as opposed to an accident or property.
- The sensory qualities of such an object are therefore no more than passing accidents, through which its essence is dimly and confusedly perceived.
accident and emergency
- British A hospital department concerned with the provision of immediate treatment to people who are seriously injured in an accident or who are suddenly taken seriously ill.More example sentences
- The highest number of claims are in anaesthetics, accident and emergency and obstetrics and gynaecology.
- These issues should be addressed in a setting other than the busy, pressured atmosphere of accident and emergency or acute wards.
- This, however, contradicts our anecdotal impression from accident and emergency and fracture clinics.
an accident waiting to happen
- • informal A potentially disastrous situation, typically caused by negligent or faulty procedures: people living near the site where the boy was crushed to death said it was an accident waiting to happenMore example sentences
- The situation was an accident waiting to happen.
- The situation is an accident waiting to happen and there are already frequent prangs and bumps around the junction.
- You would think anyone would immediately recognize the situation as an accident waiting to happen.
accidents will happen in the best regulated families
- • proverb However careful you try to be, it is inevitable that some unfortunate or unforeseen events will occur: problems like these should not occur, but accidents will happenMore example sentences
- Sometimes these things just happen as not even one method of contraception is 100% reliable, so accidents will happen, unfortunately!
- ‘They have a structured training system but, at the end of the day, any training system run by human beings is subject to accidents, and accidents will happen,’ said Mr Brownson.
- Yes, we regret the loss of four lives, but throughout the history of war, accidents will happen, innocents will be killed.
- Unintentionally; by chance: she didn’t get where she is today by accident nomadic hunters probably ended up on the new continent by accidentMore example sentences
- Of course, the chances of this happening by accident are literally a hundred million billion to one.
- In truth, it was more by accident than design but it was a lucky chance which established his fame and fortune.
- I might have pulled my front brake by accident, which is why I went over the front, but I don't know.
- Safely: he was able to stop the train without accidentMore example sentences
- The rest of the day passed without accident or incident, Graham engaged on his final one-sheet list of tiny finishing jobs and me trying without much success to get my task-list under the same level of control.
- I passed on the little pots of paint, mainly because I was fearful that my fingers aren't up to the job of opening them without accident, and picked up a fibre-tip pen and my little watercolour box instead.
- In answer to that, since 1967, I have driven about three million miles without accident, or insurance claim I might add.
late Middle English (in the general sense 'an event'): via Old French from Latin accident- 'happening', from the verb accidere, from ad- 'towards, to' + cadere 'to fall'.