Definition of error in English:

error

Line breaks: error
Pronunciation: /ˈɛrə
 
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noun

1A mistake: spelling errors an error of judgement
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  • A minute mistake, an error of judgement, is all that it takes for a ghastly mishap to occur, resulting in death or worse, a life-long disability.
  • In a way, Nolan makes a similar error of judgement, mistaking atmospheric darkness for thematic darkness.
  • That happens a lot on the web, and sometimes it can be used to cover awful mistakes or errors of judgment.
Synonyms
1.1 [mass noun] The state or condition of being wrong in conduct or judgement: goods dispatched to your branch in error the crash was caused by human error
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  • Now, as a consequent of inadvertent human error, conditions are contrary to preferred expectations.
  • The common threads running through most nuclear accidents are unexpected technical conditions and human error.
  • Lastly, don't discount the possibility of human error when conducting the audit.
Synonyms
1.2 [mass noun] technical A measure of the estimated difference between the observed or calculated value of a quantity and its true value.
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  • There is a statistically significant difference in the estimating error between estimating at WBS level one and level two.
  • The within group variance component estimates measurement error, as percentage of the total variance.
  • We compared the Ka and Ks values computed from the three methods with their corresponding expected values and calculated their error percentages.

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin error, from errare 'to stray, err'.

Phrases

see the error of one's ways

Realize or acknowledge one’s wrongdoing: he quickly sees the error of his ways and turns into a figure of saintly humility
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  • To conclude my digression, let me tell that my pal quickly saw the error of his ways and got a decent job in a newspaper soon after.
  • However, to then book Neill for diving was outrageous and we can only hope the Sheffield official sees the error of his ways before the second leg.
  • But the recent pictures added to that, and there is a growing movement of people who are seeing the error of their ways.

Derivatives

errorless

adjective
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  • Robb's performance was matched by his team's errorless game in the field.
  • He had 25 hits in his first 67 at-bats and was errorless in 15 starts (14 at second base, one at shortstop).
  • Why do people prefer the reproduction of other people's errors to my own errorless prose?

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