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Definitions of error

  1.   ( baseball) a failure of a defensive player to make an out when normal play would have sufficed
  2.   a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention; " he made a bad mistake"; " she was quick to point out my errors"; " I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"
  3.   False belief; mistake; blunder; an inaccuracy.
  4.   A wandering or deviation from the truth; a mistake in judgment, by which men assent to what is not true; a mistake made in writing or other performance; deviation from law, justice, or right; mistake in conduct; sin, iniquity, or transgression; a mistake in pleading or in judgment; a difference or divergence to be allowed for. A writ of error, a writ founded on an alleged error in judgment, which carries the suit to another tribunal for redress.
  5.   Erroneous.
  6.   A mistake; fault; transgression.
  7.   A wandering or deviation from the truth; a mistake in judgment by which men assent to or believe what is not true; a mistake as to matter of fact; a misapprehension; as, " In my mind he was guilty of no error, he was chargeable with no exaggeration, he was betrayed by his fancy into no metaphor, who once said, that all we see about us, King, Lords, and Commons, the whole machinery of the state, all the apparatus of the system, and its varied workings, end in simply bringing twelve good men into a box."- Brougham: a mistake made in writing, printing, or other performance; an inaccuracy; an oversight; falsity; as, a clerical error, an error in a declaration: a wandering; excursion; irregular course; as, a transgression of law or duty; a mistake in conduct; a fault; a sin; iniquity; transgression; as, " Who can understand his errors t cleanse thou me from secret faults."- Ps. xix. 12; in law, a mistake in the proceedings of a court of record either in fact or in law, entitling the unsuccessful party to have the case reviewed; proceedings in error were abolished in civil cases by the Judicature Act of 1875, appeal being substituted; but they may still be taken in criminal cases, for which the court of review is the Queen's Bench- an appeal in error is made by means of an original writ, called a writ of error: in astron. the difference between the places of any of the heavenly bodies as determined by calculation and by observation: in math. The difference between the result of any operation and the true result.
  8.   A wandering or deviation from the right course or standard; irregularity; mistake; inaccuracy; something made wrong or left wrong; as, an error in writing or in printing; a clerical error.
  9.   part of a statement that is not correct; " the book was full of errors"
  10.   A departing or deviation from the truth; falsity; false notion; wrong opinion; mistake; misapprehension.
  11.   The difference between the observed value of a quantity and that which is taken or computed to be the true value; - sometimes called residual error.
  12.   The difference between the approximate result and the true result; - used particularly in the rule of double position.
  13.   A moral offense; violation of duty; a sin or transgression; iniquity; fault.
  14.   A fault of a player of the side in the field which results in failure to put out a player on the other side, or gives him an unearned base.
  15.   a misconception resulting from incorrect information
  16.   inadvertent incorrectness
  17.   A wandering; a roving or irregular course.
  18.   ( computer science) the occurrence of an incorrect result produced by a computer
  19.   A deviation from truth; a sin or transgression; a blunder.
  20.   departure from what is ethically acceptable
  21.   The difference between an observed value and the true value of a quantity.
  22.   Deviation from truth or right; mistake; fault.
  23.   A mistake in the proceedings of a court of record in matters of law or of fact.

Quotes of error

  1. Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it. – Hannah Arendt
  2. Acting is like a high wire act. Your margin for error is very slim. – Christine Baranski
  3. There is an element of luck, there is an element of trial and error sometimes you fail, sometimes you succeed. It's not as beautifully simple as it may seem when we are talking about it. – Lakhdar Brahimi
  4. Honest error is to be pitied, not ridiculed. – Lord Chesterfield
  5. If I err in belief that the souls of men are immortal, I gladly err, nor do I wish this error which gives me pleasure to be wrested from me while I live. – Marcus Tullius Cicero
  6. Children do not have to learn that streets are dangerous places by potentially fatal trial and error – Keith Henson
  7. Be calm in arguing; for fierceness makes error a fault, and truth discourtesy. – George Herbert
  8. All men are liable to error and most men are, in many points, by passion or interest, under temptation to it. – John Locke
  9. It is, all in all, a historic error to believe that the master makes the school; the students make it! – Robert Musil
  10. If you make an error use it as a stepping stone to a new idea you might not have otherwise discovered. – Roger von Oech
  11. It is error only, and not truth, that shrinks from inquiry. – Thomas Paine
  12. I did it the stupid way, through trial and error – Jake Roberts
  13. Controversy is only dreaded by the advocates of error – Benjamin Rush
  14. If any sort of error is inexcusable, it's an incorrect phone number. One of the cardinal rules of copy editing is that every phone number published must be checked. – Bill Walsh

Usage examples for error

  1. It will be called an Error in Judgment. ” – The Original Writings of Samuel Adams, Volume 4 by Samuel Adams
  2. It is not the same as that of air, but the difference is so slight that it is practically within the limits of observation error so small is the difference that there is no 'rainbow' effect. ” – The Black Star Passes by John W Campbell
  3. In their mutual error there is to both matter of important warning. ” – The Philosophy of the Moral Feelings by John Abercrombie
  4. There was something very sad, she thought, an expression of pain upon his face which she noted and which led her into a very natural error – The Peace of Roaring River by George van Schaick
  5. In the first place a common error must be set right. ” – The Life of Captain Matthew Flinders by Ernest Scott
  6. “ " Just there you are a bit in error – She Buildeth Her House by Will Comfort
  7. Pray thee say I am not doing wrong, or making any error – A Maid of Many Moods by Virna Sheard
  8. “ " I am in the habit of thinking it impossible, sir, that you can be in error said Willoughby. ” – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  9. On discovering the error she attempted to keep off, but, in so doing, struck the lower end of the shoal. ” – The Captive in Patagonia by Benjamin Franklin Bourne
  10. So far there is no room for error – Dante: His Times and His Work by Arthur John Butler
  11. Does my brother make no error – Footprints in the Forest by Edward Sylvester Ellis
  12. And so of error – Orthodoxy: Its Truths And Errors by James Freeman Clarke
  13. The young prince drew himself up proudly, and answered decisively: No, Hartmut, you are in error there! ” – The Northern Light by E. Werner
  14. And yet, when he came again, after five years, perhaps that, too, was an error of judgment. ” – A Venetian June by Anna Fuller
  15. “ I could therefore confess nothing to Charette, and told him that he had fallen into a great error and that I have and can lay claim to no other honor than of being the nephew of the Prince de Conde. ” – Marie Antoinette And Her Son by Louise Muhlbach Official
  16. It would be a great error to imagine such to have been the cause. ” – Irish Race in the Past and the Present by Aug. J. Thebaud
  17. But this, if it was an error was certainly not an error to be ashamed of. ” – Recollections and Impressions 1822-1890 by Octavius Brooks Frothingham
  18. It may be that I am not very wise - and yet I think I am - but you seem to me like one who has lost his way and made a great error in life. ” – New-Arabian-Nights by Stevenson, Robert Louis
  19. “ Mr. Flam said: " I should be sorry, Dr. Barlow, to find out at this time of day that I have been all my life long in an error – Coelebs In Search of a Wife by Hannah More
  20. That wasn't an error of will, but of judgment. ” – Kildares of Storm by Eleanor Mercein Kelly

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