• WordNet 3.6
    • adj incident (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"
    • adj incident falling or striking of light rays on something "incident light"
    • n incident a single distinct event
    • n incident a public disturbance "the police investigated an incident at the bus station"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The incidents of immune system diseases has increased over 200% in the last five years
    • Incident 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."
    • Incident (Law) Dependent upon, or appertaining to, another thing, called the principal.
    • Incident Falling or striking upon, as a ray of light upon a reflecting surface.
    • Incident Liable to happen; apt to occur; befalling; hence, naturally happening or appertaining. "All chances incident to man's frail life.""The studies incident to his profession."
    • Incident (Law) Something appertaining to, passing with, or depending on, another, called the principal.
    • Incident That which falls out or takes place; an event; casualty; occurrence.
    • Incident 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."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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    • incident Falling or striking upon something, as a ray of light or a projectile; impinging or acting upon anything from without.
    • incident Likely to happen; apt to occur; hence, naturally appertaining; necessarily conjoined.
    • incident Appertaining to or following another thing; conjoined as a subordinate to a principal thing; appurtenant: as, rent is incident to a reversion.
    • incident Subordinate; casual; incidental.
    • n incident That which falls out or takes place; an occurrence; something which takes place in connection with an event or a series of events of greater importance.
    • n incident A thing necessarily or frequently depending upon, appertaining to, or legally passing with another that is the principal or more important; a natural or characteristic accompaniment.
    • n incident In decorative art, the representation of any action, often much conventionalized, but still to be recognized: thus, a frieze may consist of a number of incidents relating collectively some historical event. Synonyms Occurrence, Circumstance, etc. See event.
    • incident Same as afferent
    • incident : noting the nerves which convey impressions from the periphery to the nervous centers.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • adj Incident in′si-dent falling upon: liable to occur: naturally belonging to anything, or following therefrom
    • n Incident that which happens: an event: a subordinate action: an episode
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  • Henry James
    “What is character but the determination of incident? What is incident but the illustration of character?”
  • T. S. Eliot
    “Our emotions are only incidents in the effort to keep day and night together.”
  • Napoleon Bonaparte
    “Incidents should not govern policy; but, policy incidents.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. incidens, -entis, p. pr. & of incidere, to fall into or upon; pref. in-, in, on + cadere, to fall: cf. F. incident,. See Cadence


In literature:

By that means he will force the whole Aeroplane to assume a greater Angle of Incidence.
"The Aeroplane Speaks" by H. Barber
Mrs. Harvey relates many touching incidents of her experience at this place which want of space forbids us to repeat.
"Woman's Work in the Civil War" by Linus Pierpont Brockett
Certainly you will agree with me that these are incidents which one does not meet with in everyday life.
"French and Oriental Love in a Harem" by Mario Uchard
Are there incidents that might have been omitted as superfluous?
"Teachers' Outlines for Studies in English" by Gilbert Sykes Blakely
I owe a great development of this to a curious incident.
"Memoirs" by Charles Godfrey Leland
While on this expedition an amusing incident occurred in our mess.
"The Story of a Cannoneer Under Stonewall Jackson" by Edward A. Moore
Any really good book which may be spoken of as a "novel of incident" will invariably prove to be very much more.
"Personality in Literature" by Rolfe Arnold Scott-James
The incident of the destruction of the tea in Boston Harbor was the last of the petty incidents that led up to the American Revolution.
"The Naval History of the United States" by Willis J. Abbot
One incident recurs to my mind which I must recount as an example when psychology failed.
"A Labrador Doctor" by Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
The first incident worthy of record occurred at Chamova.
"The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki" by Joel R. Moore

In poetry:

Ah! What avails the classic bent
And what the cultured word,
Against the undoctored incident
That actually occurred?
"The Benefactors" by Rudyard Kipling
The little things she left behind
Lie where they fell from hands content--
Fame a forgotten incident
And life a season out of mind.
"For One Who Went In Spring" by Isabel Ecclestone Mackay
It must come soon: to-morrow it might be.
Now, since I can tell nothing, let me give
An incident, merely to make you see
How near to death all of us here must live.
"No News From The War" by Augusta Davies Webster
This gloomy incident I merely state
In case you have a yearning to create.
In which event, be wary,
Else, mayhap, a sad quan-dary
Will arise and face you when it's far too late.
"An Error in Creation" by C J Dennis
In these disguises the Pandav brothers safely passed a year in
concealment in spite of all search which Duryodhan made after them.
At last an incident happened which led to their discovery when the
year was out.
"Maha-Bharata, The Epic Of Ancient India - Book VI - Go-Harana - (Cattle-Lifting)" by Romesh Chunder Dutt
It is the story of Thompson--of Thompson, the hero of Angels.
Frequently drunk was Thompson, but always polite to the stranger;
Light and free was the touch of Thompson upon his revolver;
Great the mortality incident on that lightness and freedom.
"Thompson Of Angels" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

A spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces said the IDF was unaware of the incident.
Flint based "real life superhero" Bee Sting was arrested back in April for an incident involving a firearm, check out the details of his sentencing.
The Beefy Crunch Burrito incident.
This is the latest beheading in Afghanistan in recent months: in August, a boy and a girl were each beheaded in separate incidents, the same week that 17 young people were shot and beheaded in Helman province, Reuters reported.
The incident was caught on tape by Reuters.
Rachel George (left) and her father Christopher George face multiple charges after an incident at PNC Park on Saturday.
Two politicians belonging to the Institutional Revolutionary Party, or PRI, have been killed in separate incidents in Mexico since Friday.
How would Madera County respond to an incident of bioterrorism .
U of Southern Mississippi Students On Probation After Blackface Incident.
Second boy dead after incident at Bradley County home.
Last weekend's crash along with two similar SAS incidents in September caused SAS to remove the Q400 from its fleet permanently.
Police Investigate New 'Hilltop Creeper ' Incident.
Columbus police confirm they are investigating another incident involving a man referred to as the "Hilltop Creeper .".
Columbus police were asking for the public's help gathering information about a pattern of incidents referred to as the "Hilltop Creeper .".
LAPD says last night was fairly quiet, one incident provoked crowd control weapons.

In science:

Recall that a l-fold matching from A to B is a set M of A-B -edges such that each a ∈ A is incident with precisely l edges from M , while each b ∈ B is incident with at most one edge from M .
Analyzing Walksat on random formulas
If r + 1 6 i 6 s, let Xi denote the event that no vertex incident to a vertex of ei in Γx appears in the generating set and Yi the event that for each j < i if ej meets ei then the vertex incident to ej but not ei is not in the generating set.
The thresholds for diameter 2 in random Cayley graphs
Fig.10: Linear transmittance and reflectance of a multilayer that contains a Si defect layer at normal incidence. The bandwidth of the resonance near 800nm is ~20nm, and may be resolved using sub-picosecond incident pulses .
A Dynamical Model of Harmonic Generation in Centrosymmetric Semiconductors
Remark that α = 1 corresponds to a walker that systematically preserves its incident direction (forward scattering), whereas α = 0 to a walker that systematically reverses its incident direction.
Collision statistics for random flights with anisotropic scattering and absorption
The D + 1 leaves correspond to all the edges incident to the black vertex ¯v . (of course they are all also incident to the white vertex v).
Universality for Random Tensors