ac·ci·dent /ˈæksədənt, ˌdɛnt; ˈæksdənt/
ac·ci·dent /ˈæksədənt, səˌdɛnt; ˈæksdənt/ 名詞
1. Literally, a befalling; an event that takes place without one's foresight or expectation; an undesigned, sudden, and unexpected event; chance; contingency; often, an undesigned and unforeseen occurrence of an afflictive or unfortunate character; a casualty; a mishap; as, to die by an accident.
Of moving accidents by flood and field. --Shak.
Thou cam'st not to thy place by accident:
It is the very place God meant for thee. --Trench.
2. Gram. A property attached to a word, but not essential to it, as gender, number, case.
3. Her. A point or mark which may be retained or omitted in a coat of arms.
4. Log. (a) A property or quality of a thing which is not essential to it, as whiteness in paper; an attribute. (b) A quality or attribute in distinction from the substance, as sweetness, softness.
5. Any accidental property, fact, or relation; an accidental or nonessential; as, beauty is an accident.
This accident, as I call it, of Athens being situated some miles from the sea. --J. P. Mahaffy.
6. Unusual appearance or effect. [Obs.]
Note: ☞ Accident, in Law, is equivalent to casus, or such unforeseen, extraordinary, extraneous interference as is out of the range of ordinary calculation.
n 1: a mishap; especially one causing injury or death
2: anything that happens by chance without an apparent cause
[syn: fortuity, chance event]