Definition of "accident" []

  • An unexpected and undesirable event, especially one resulting in damage or harm: car accidents on icy roads. (noun)
  • An unforeseen incident: A series of happy accidents led to his promotion. (noun)
  • An instance of involuntary urination or defecation in one's clothing. (noun)
  • Lack of intention; chance: ran into an old friend by accident. (noun)
  • Logic A circumstance or attribute that is not essential to the nature of something. (noun)
  • An unforeseen event or one without an apparent cause (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Anything that occurs unintentionally or by chance; chance; fortune (noun)
  • A misfortune or mishap, esp one causing injury or death (noun)
  • A nonessential attribute or characteristic of something (as opposed to substance) (noun)
  • A property as contrasted with the substance in which it inheres (noun)
  • A surface irregularity in a natural formation, esp in a rock formation or a river system (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "accident" in a sentence
  • "And the finding and maintaining happiness is a definite achievement and not an accident, for _it is beyond accident_."
  • ""Oh, mamma!" she cried, jerking off her bonnet, and throwing herself down on a stool at her mother's feet, "we have had such a dreadful accident, or hardly an _accident_ either, for I feel perfectly certain"
  • "It's common for people to use the word accident for crashes, yet, it's an unfortunate -- and inadequate -- habit."