Definition of error in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɛrə/


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.
mistake, fallacy, misconception, delusion;
inaccuracy, miscalculation, misreckoning;
blunder, fault, flaw, oversight;
misprint, literal, erratum, misinterpretation, misreading
informal slip-up, bloomer, boo-boo, howler, boner, fail
British informal boob
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.
wrongly, by mistake, mistakenly, incorrectly, inappropriately, misguidedly;
accidentally, by accident, inadvertently, unintentionally, unwittingly, unknowingly, unconsciously, by chance
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.


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.



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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?


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

Words that rhyme with error

Berra, Ferrer, sierra, terror

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