• WordNet 3.6
    • v err to make a mistake or be incorrect
    • v err wander from a direct course or at random "The child strayed from the path and her parents lost sight of her","don't drift from the set course"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Err To deviate from the true course; to miss the thing aimed at. "My jealous aim might err ."
    • Err To deviate morally from the right way; to go astray, in a figurative sense; to do wrong; to sin. "Do they not err that devise evil?"
    • Err To miss intellectual truth; to fall into error; to mistake in judgment or opinion; to be mistaken. "The man may err in his judgment of circumstances."
    • Err To offend, as by erring.
    • Err To wander; to roam; to stray. "Why wilt thou err from me?""What seemeth to you, if there were to a man an hundred sheep and one of them hath erred .""The soul] doth vague and wander."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • err To wander; go in a devious and uncertain course.
    • err To deviate from the true course or purpose; hence, to wander from truth or from the path of duty; depart from rectitude; go astray morally.
    • err To go astray in thought or belief; be mistaken; blunder; misapprehend.
    • err To mislead; cause to deviate from truth or rectitude.
    • err To miss; mistake.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Err er to wander from the right way: to go astray: to mistake: to sin
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  • John Dryden
    “Nor is the people's judgment always true: the most may err as grossly as the few.”
  • Leonardo Da Vinci
    “Experience does not err. Only your judgments err by expecting from her what is not in her power.”
  • Euripides
    “Forgive, son; men are men; they needs must err.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
    “Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays.”
  • Piet Hein
    Piet Hein
    “The road to wisdom? Well, it's plain and simple to express: Errand err again but less and less and less.”
  • Doug Larson
    Doug Larson
    “To err is human; to admit it, superhuman.”


To err is human, to forgive divine - This idiom is used when someone has done something wrong, suggesting that they should be forgiven.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. errer, L. errare,; akin to G. irren, OHG. irran, v. t., irrōn, v. i., OS. irrien, Sw. irra, Dan. irre, Goth, aírzjan, to lead astray, airzise, astray
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. errer—L. errāre, to stray; cog. with Ger. irren, and irre, astray.


In literature:

While Man's desires and aspirations stir, He cannot choose but err.
"Faust" by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
We would rather err with genius than hit the mark with the crowd.
"Tragic Sense Of Life" by Miguel de Unamuno
On this last point I may err.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. 6, No. 5, April, 1896" by Various
It is a compass that never errs.
"The House in Good Taste" by Elsie de Wolfe
He is a man, and though a champion for truth, he may err, he does err.
"For the Faith" by Evelyn Everett-Green
It is better to err on the side of simplicity than to have them too elaborate.
"Furnishing the Home of Good Taste" by Lucy Abbot Throop
From you such words produce no effect but one of regret that you should so much err in your estimate of any one.
"Varney the Vampire" by Thomas Preskett Prest
My Father, may I not err in choosing thy benefits, nor fail from the neglect to use them.
"Leaves of Life" by Margaret Bird Steinmetz
I may err, But deem him sailor or philosopher.
"Pipe and Pouch" by Various
In other words he made a grave mistake, which shows how a man may err when over-agonized by the danger of the woman he loves.
"The Wings of the Morning" by Louis Tracy

In poetry:

We err not when we call them sage.
How grandly they maintained
Their hold of all the heritage
That Wan and Woo had gained!
"On Sacrificing To The Kings Woo, Ching, And K'ang" by Confucius
I would, when dying comforts fly,
As much as when they present were,
Upon my living joy rely.
Help, Lord, for here I daily err.
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. IV." by Ralph Erskine
Forgive, forgive, it seems unkind
To cast thy petals to the wind;
But it is right, and lest I err
So scatter I all thought of her.
"Poor Withered Rose" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
She, whose sweet spirit could not err,
Sleeps from our sorrow free,
Yet the same sun that smiled on her
Shines down this day on me.
"The Last Sweet Walk" by Alexander Anderson
Observe, pray; for if here we err,
And do not Christ alone prefer,
But think the promise partly stands
On our obeying new commands;
"The Believer's Principles : Chap. II." by Ralph Erskine
Nor need we fear that we should err
Beyond our scope in reasoning thus,-
That there must be a God for Her,
If that there be a God for us.
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin

In news:

When I engage women and men in negotiation exercises, everyone errs on the side of selling too much and listening too little.
Jennifer Love Hewitt is giving it her breast -- err, best -- effort in a racy new photo shoot.
Did not err in finding that three insurers of general contractor were responsible for paying $2.9 million settlement of claim brought by injured worker of subcontractor.
To err is human but to really foul things up you need a computer.
Rihanna and Chris sittin' in a tree — err, club — K-I-S-S-I-N-G.
Not knowing Scriptures you do err.
So, did Holgorsen err in not putting Austin in the backfield earlier than he did.
Media errs in 'Innocence' coverage.
Wary of Israel, Iran Is Said to Err in Strikes.
And then we noticed Jon's, err, little Jon was out for a walk, too.
To err is human, Rams' win is divine .
The Mets will err on the side of caution, considering his condition.
Coach says team handled Cutler concussion properly, will err on side of caution.
News Sarah Clough Chambers The Hippocratic Oath dictates that medical professionals first do no harm, but to err is human.
In your recent memory (err, somewhat fuzzy memory) liquor usually pairs best with regret.

In science:

ERR can be established by considering the magnitude of F m (tm ) and Hm (tm ) as tm −→ 0.
An adaptive significance threshold criterion for massive multiple hypotheses testing
ERR of applying α∗ cal in the hard-thresholding procedure (2.3).
An adaptive significance threshold criterion for massive multiple hypotheses testing
In this case both ERR and FDR are equal to the family-wise type-I error probability.
An adaptive significance threshold criterion for massive multiple hypotheses testing
On the other hand, increase in the average power in the sense of decrease in ξ makes Ψ (hence the ERR) diminishes faster asymptotically.
An adaptive significance threshold criterion for massive multiple hypotheses testing
Now consider the ERR of the procedure H T ( bα∗ cal as above.
An adaptive significance threshold criterion for massive multiple hypotheses testing