Accident

Definition of Accident

Ac´ci`dent
n.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 property or quality of a thing which is not essential to it, as whiteness in paper; an attribute.
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.

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