Definition of accident in English:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
An accident was originally ‘an event, something that happens’, not necessarily a mishap. It came into English via Old French, ultimately from Latin cadere, meaning ‘to fall’, which also gave us words such as cadaver (Late Middle English) ‘someone fallen’, chance, decay (Late Middle English) ‘fall away’, incident (Late Middle English) ‘fall upon’ so ‘happen’; and occasion (Late Middle English). The idea of an event ‘falling’ remains in the English word befall (Old English). Later the meaning of accident evolved into ‘something that happens by chance’, as in the phrase a happy accident. By the 17th century the modern meaning had become established in the language. The full form of the proverb accidents will happen, which dates from the early 19th century, is accidents will happen in the best-regulated families. According to Mr Micawber in Charles Dickens's David Copperfield ( 1850): ‘Accidents will occur in the best-regulated families; and in families not regulated by…the influence of Woman, in the lofty character of Wife, they must be expected with confidence, and must be borne with philosophy.’ See also adventure
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.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.
Words that rhyme with accidentdissident
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