• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Accidentalness The quality of being accidental; casualness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1631, two London bible printers accidentally left the word "not" out of the seventh commandment, which then read, "Thou shalt commit adultery." This legendary book is now known as the "Wicked Bible."
    • n accidentalness The quality of being accidental or fortuitous.
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  • Pablo Picasso
    “Accidents, try to change them -- it's impossible. The accidental reveals man.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “There is no such thing as accidental failure. All failure is at least half imposed.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “To bother about the best method of accomplishing an accidental result.”
  • Serge Daney
    Serge Daney
    “In an age of synthetic images and synthetic emotions, the chances of an accidental encounter with reality are remote indeed.”
  • Joyce Carol Oates
    Joyce Carol Oates
    “Nothing is accidental in the universe -- this is one of my Laws of Physics -- except the entire universe itself, which is Pure Accident, pure divinity.”
  • James Dye
    James Dye
    “I think we're in trouble if people don't stop thinking everything that's going wrong is due to accidental opinions.”


In literature:

We expect to raise enough pullets to make up for the accidental losses, and to renew bulk of the flock each year.
"The Dollar Hen" by Milo M. Hastings
Between you and me, Louis, I have a sort of an idea that Bartot's coming was not altogether accidental.
"The Lost Ambassador" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Royal coroners held inquests on all sudden deaths to determine whether they were accidental or not.
"Our Legal Heritage, 5th Ed." by S. A. Reilly
Perhaps this accidental sort of quest was that which destiny had arranged for the solution of my life-problem.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Vol. XV., No. 85. January, 1875." by Various
It is also asserted that dogs and cats that have accidentally lost their tails, bring forth young similarly deformed.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
Of accidental intermediate bases of operations between the objective point and the primary base.
"The Art of War" by Baron Henri de Jomini
The first intelligence of their sovereign, however, seems to have been obtained accidentally.
"Robert Kerr's General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume 18" by William Stevenson
The pain must be deliberately inflicted, not accidental.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 3 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Another dates his love-story from a romp in which his cheek accidentally came in contact with that of his future wife.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 4 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
Turning, as if accidentally, she saw him and called to him.
"Wide Courses" by James Brendan Connolly

In poetry:

'Don't, dear, despise my intellect,
Mere accidental things
Of that sort never have effect
On my imaginings.'
"The Workbox" by Thomas Hardy
It was all accidental.
He lived flecking lint off coat lapels
Of men he talked with.
He kissed the miners' babies
And wrote a Denver paper
Of picket silhouettes on a mountain line.
"Memoir Of A Proud Boy" by Carl Sandburg
Imaginings within my imagining,
I too have taken
The chance of life. Now the boy pats my dog
And we start home. Now I am good.
The last mistaken,
Ecstatic, accidental bliss, the blind
"Next Day" by Randall Jarrell
My dinner, sometimes, like things transcendental
And things more substantial, like women and wine
A thing is, uncertain, and quite accidental,
And sometimes I wonder, "Oh! where shall I dine?"
"How The Author Sometimes Dines" by Horatio Alger Jr
TANS. Thou dost well conclude that poetry is not born in rules, or only
slightly and accidentally so; the rules are derived from the poetry, and
there are as many kinds and sorts of true rules as there are kinds and
sorts of true poets.
"The Heroic Enthusiasts - Part The First =First Dialogue.=" by Giordano Bruno
Go blimy, but this thing 'as got to stop.
Well, next time when we makes a big attack,
As soon as we gets well across the top,
I'll plug 'em (accidental) in the back.
'E'll cop a blinkin' packet in 'is spine,
And that'll be the end of 'im, the swine.
"Infidelity" by Robert W Service

In news:

For decades the lead­ing cause of acci­den­tal death for teens has been motor vehi­cle crashes, with firearms being the sec­ond lead­ing cause.
Ford was the most accidental of American presidents, but when he unexpectedly appeared at the crossroads of history, he seemed to have been placed there by a deliberate act of providence.
A football coach resigns after accidentally posting a naked picture on Facebook.
Her new series Accidentally on Purpose premieres September 21 but there was nothing accidental about the way Jenna Elfman threw out the first pitch at Saturday's Los Angeles Dodgers game against the San Francisco Giants.
0 The Pending Larry Twitter handle has been gleefully mocking Google's gaffe Thursday, when it accidentally released an incomplete earnings report.
NEWSTEAD — State police said they arrested a Grand Island man early Sunday after he accidentally walked into the wrong house and flopped onto the couc.
Accidental attractions add spice to Grenada .
Nine months after accidentally shooting himself at a Manhattan nightclub, the former Giants football star faces two years in prison after pleading guilty to a gun charge Thursday.
A brother and sister playing with a loaded pistol resulted in an accidental shooting Wednesday night, authorities said.
They do not know each other well and, when they meet accidentally in Paris, have not seen each other for many years.
Star-Ledger file Spotswood police say they found a half pound of marijuana on a man after he accidentally called 911.
The Conway Cup oysters we sampled at the newly opened Oceanaire Seafood Room in the Galleria were so big and dense and meaty, I suspect they were actually Belons from Maine that had been accidentally mislabeled.
Did you know drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in New Jersey.
Lawmakers might consider legislation next year that would give the state's pension system more power to recoup money in case of accidental overpayments .
If you are on Twitter, you are not alone if you accidentally Tweeted something you didn't mean to do.

In science:

This terminology is rather avoidable, since there is a also a belief that there is nothing accidental in having such level crossings; the existence of several dynamical conservation laws (dependent on coupling constants) are believed to be causally implicated.
Parameter Dependent Commuting Matrices, Pl\"ucker relations and Related Quantum Glass Models
The probability of registering an accidental coincidence is negligible considering the counting rates expected during a GRB.
A method to localize gamma-ray bursts using POLAR
This would eliminate the need for a complicated and time-consuming verification that the devices are functioning according to design and contain no accidental or deliberate security flaws. A protocol requiring only tests on device outputs is said to be device-independent.
Private Randomness Expansion With Untrusted Devices
Note that only the fibres marked as # 1 and # 2 in Fig. 7 could be used for the prototype test measurements, as the third one was accidentally broken. • A UV LED was mounted on a positioning table (micrometer screw) to allow the selective illumination of specific fibres.
Prototype of an angular-selective photoelectron calibration source for the KATRIN experiment
The (accidental) partner hits are uncorrelated with respect to the first seen hit, which is the instant at which the window is, so to speak, opened.
A "Spoof Loophole" Contra Nonlocality