Definitions of incident

  1. falling or striking on something
  2. a single distinct event
  3. a public disturbance; " the police investigated an incident at the bus station"
  4. ( sometimes followed by ` to') minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature or occurring as a chance concomitant or consequence; " incidental expenses"; " the road will bring other incidental advantages"; " extra duties incidental to the job"; " labor problems incidental to a rapid expansion"; " confusion incident to a quick change"
  5. Falling or striking upon, as a ray of light upon a reflecting surface.
  6. Coming or happening accidentally; not in the usual course of things; not in connection with the main design; not according to expectation; casual; fortuitous.
  7. Liable to happen; apt to occur; befalling; hence, naturally happening or appertaining.
  8. Dependent upon, or appertaining to, another thing, called the principal.
  9. That which falls out or takes place; an event; casualty; occurrence.
  10. That which happens aside from the main design; an accidental or subordinate action or event.
  11. Something appertaining to, passing with, or depending on, another, called the principal.
  12. Falling upon, as a ray of light on a reflecting surface; apt to occur; having to do with; occurring accidentally; depending on.
  13. Occurrence; that which happens; chance happening; episode; event.
  14. That which falls out or happens: an event: a subordinate action: an episode.
  15. Falling upon; casual; naturally belonging.
  16. That which happens; occurrence.
  17. Falling upon; likely to befall or happen; incidental.
  18. Falling on; casual; fortuitous.
  19. That which falls out or takes place; occurrence; subordinate action.
  20. A circumstance; an occurrence; an adventure; something which happens beside the main design.
  21. Falling into or upon; casual.

Usage examples for incident

  1. In after days you will laugh over this little incident." – My Strangest Case by Guy Boothby
  2. All the same the incident had left a kind of uncomfortable feeling behind it. – A Rogue by Compulsion by Victor Bridges
  3. But, besides the want of further incident, this idea did not seem to him sufficiently sad. – Melchior's Dream and Other Tales by Juliana Horatia Ewing
  4. There is plenty of incident and life in the book. – Athelstane Ford by Allen Upward
  5. But you are back- and the incident is closed. – The Grain Of Dust A Novel by David Graham Phillips
  6. We ask the man telling a story if he saw a certain incident happen, and his reply may be, " No, I only thought of it." – How We Think by John Dewey
  7. This gave Warrender a sort of angry satisfaction in the ridiculous incident which had happened in his life. – A Country Gentleman and his Family by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant
  8. Now, what I want you to do for me is this: never mention the incident again. – Looking Seaward Again by Walter Runciman
  9. Miss Alicia was not aware that the incident had occurred. – T. Tembarom by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  10. Maybe he should regret the end of that incident. – The Planet Strappers by Raymond Zinke Gallun
  11. Why has the incident taken such hold upon him? – Browning's Shorter Poems by Robert Browning
  12. Scarcely had we resumed our places than a startling incident gave a new turn to the scene. – Across the Zodiac by Percy Greg
  13. Now this incident is a very small one. – None Other Gods by Robert Hugh Benson
  14. Nor, as I say, had we time to waste two thoughts upon any one incident. – Dead Men Tell No Tales by E. W. Hornung
  15. But this incident, which would have attracted your attention at another time, was lost upon you at this moment. – The Doctor, his Wife, and the Clock by Anna Katharine Green
  16. He must be an incident only. – The Price She Paid by David Graham Phillips
  17. It was not long after this little incident, before the overseer remarked that the apprentices worked very well during their own time, when they were paid for it. – The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus by American Anti-Slavery Society