Definition of incident in English:

incident

Line breaks: in¦ci|dent
Pronunciation: /ˈɪnsɪd(ə)nt
 
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noun

  • 1An instance of something happening; an event or occurrence: several amusing incidents there was not one incident of teasing from the 90 pupils
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    • The occurrence and magnitude of incidents related to economic, social and political instability are unpredictable.
    • Over the years Arthur has had many amusing incidents happen to him.
    • I would like to relate a recent incident that happened to one of my friends in her 30s.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1A violent event, such as a fracas or assault: one person was stabbed in the incident
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    • The drivers claim they are at risk because of the nature of the job, and say that police have not been responding efficiently to emergency calls following assaults and violent incidents.
    • Four footballers are facing court cases arising out of two separate alleged incidents involving violent assaults.
    • Other incidents included violent disturbances, assault on a 23-year-old man, shouting threats to kill and spitting at residents.
    Synonyms
    disturbance, fracas, melee, commotion, rumpus, scene; fight, skirmish, clash, brawl, free-for-all, encounter, conflict, confrontation, altercation, contretemps; Irish , North American , & Australian donnybrook; West Indian bangarang
    informal ruction, ruckus, argy-bargy
    British informal , Football afters
    Law , • dated affray
  • 1.2A hostile clash between forces of rival countries: the US regretted the incident
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    • During the incident, the Japanese force had total control of the skies over Shanghai.
    • A CNN crew embedded at ground forces headquarters witnessed the incident.
    • In recent weeks there have been repeated incidents in which forces have demolished homes believed to belong to members of the resistance.
  • 1.3 [mass noun] The occurrence of dangerous or exciting things: my period in Egypt wasn’t without incident
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    • The lives of fictional private detectives tend to be action-packed, dangerous and full of incident.
    • Such anticipation as I had was more pleasure than pain, and the event itself passed without drama or incident.
    • The first meeting passed off without incident.
    Synonyms
    excitement, adventure, exciting experiences, drama; danger, peril, dangerous/perilous experiences
  • 2 Law A privilege, burden, or right attaching to an office, estate, or other holding.
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    • It is to do with the incidents that attach to such an estate.
    • Among the standard incidents of ownership are the right to exclusive physical control, the right to use it, the right to decide how and by whom it is to be used, and the right to alienate it.

adjective

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  • 1 (incident to) Liable to happen because of; resulting from: the changes incident to economic development
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    • It is true if and only if the first argument is incident to the second.
  • 1.1 Law Attaching to: the costs properly incident to a suit for foreclosure or redemption
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    • Covenants, obligations and liabilities incident to the estate.
    • The appellate court reversed, saying the search was lawful because it was incident to the arrest of the passenger.
  • 2(Especially of light or other radiation) falling on or striking something: when an ion beam is incident on a surface
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    • The net effect is the diffraction of the incident radiation by the array of molecules.
    • There is a resonant interaction of the incident light with the surface plasmons on both surfaces of the metal film.
    • The intensity of all monochromatic incident light was kept close using neutral density filters.
  • 2.1 Physics Relating to incidence: the incident angle
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    • Note that the incident angle is the angle between the laser beam and the normal to the interface.
    • The sample chamber could be rotated to alter the incident angle for both reflective and transmissive diffraction.
    • Compressive force on the platelet, on the other hand, is a function of both the incident angle and shear rate.

Origin

late Middle English: via Old French from Latin incident- 'falling upon, happening to', from the verb incidere, from in- 'upon' + cadere 'to fall'.

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