Definition of "incident" []

  • A definite and separate occurrence; an event. See Synonyms at occurrence. (noun)
  • A usually minor event or condition that is subordinate to another. (noun)
  • Something contingent on or related to something else. (noun)
  • An occurrence or event that interrupts normal procedure or precipitates a crisis: an international incident. (noun)
  • Tending to arise or occur as a result or accompaniment: "There is a professional melancholy . . . incident to the occupation of a tailor” ( Charles Lamb). (adjective)
  • A distinct or definite occurrence; event (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.

  • A minor, subsidiary, or related event or action (noun)
  • A relatively insignificant event that might have serious consequences, esp in international politics (noun)
  • A public disturbance (noun)
  • The occurrence of something interesting or exciting (noun)
  • Related (to) or dependent (on) (adjective)
  • Having a subsidiary or minor relationship (with) (adjective)
  • (esp of a beam of light or particles) arriving at or striking a surface (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "incident" in a sentence
  • "If the materials have been selected to contribute to the main incident and converge toward it, it will follow that _the main incident_ will come last in the story; it"
  • "Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Detective Norval Cooper at 410-222-3453 or the Anne Arundel County Police Department at 410-222-8610."
  • "Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call investigator Mark McCaffrey at 703-777-0475."