in·ci·dent /ˈɪn(t)sədənt, ˌdɛnt/
in·ci·dent /ˈɪn(t)sədənt, səˌdɛnt/ 形容詞
1. Falling or striking upon, as a ray of light upon a reflecting surface.
2. Coming or happening accidentally; not in the usual course of things; not in connection with the main design; not according to expectation; casual; fortuitous.
As the ordinary course of common affairs is disposed of by general laws, so likewise men's rarer incident necessities and utilities should be with special equity considered. --Hooker.
3. Liable to happen; apt to occur; befalling; hence, naturally happening or appertaining.
All chances incident to man's frail life. --Milton.
The studies incident to his profession. --Milward.
4. Law Dependent upon, or appertaining to, another thing, called the principal.
Incident proposition Logic, a proposition subordinate to another, and introduced by who, which, whose, whom, etc.; as, Julius, whose surname was Cæsar, overcame Pompey.
1. That which falls out or takes place; an event; casualty; occurrence.
2. That which happens aside from the main design; an accidental or subordinate action or event.
No person, no incident, in a play but must be of use to carry on the main design. --Dryden.
3. Law Something appertaining to, passing with, or depending on, another, called the principal.
Syn: -- Circumstance; event; fact; adventure; contingency; chance; accident; casualty. See Event.
adj 1: falling or striking on something
2: (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 incidental to a quick
change" [syn: incidental] [ant: basic]
n 1: a single distinct event
2: a public disturbance; "the police investigated an incident
at the bus station"