error

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n error a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention "he made a bad mistake","she was quick to point out my errors","I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"
    • n error (baseball) a failure of a defensive player to make an out when normal play would have sufficed
    • n error inadvertent incorrectness
    • n error departure from what is ethically acceptable
    • n error a misconception resulting from incorrect information
    • n error part of a statement that is not correct "the book was full of errors"
    • n error (computer science) the occurrence of an incorrect result produced by a computer
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Hans Christian Anderson, creater of fairy tales, was word-blind. He never learned to spell correctly, and his publishers always had errors
    • Error A departing or deviation from the truth; falsity; false notion; wrong opinion; mistake; misapprehension. "His judgment was often in error , though his candor remained unimpaired."
    • Error (Baseball) A fault of a player of the side in the field which results in failure to put out a player on the other side, or gives him an unearned base.
    • Error (Law) A mistake in the proceedings of a court of record in matters of law or of fact.
    • Error A moral offense; violation of duty; a sin or transgression; iniquity; fault.
    • Error A wandering or deviation from the right course or standard; irregularity; mistake; inaccuracy; something made wrong or left wrong; as, an error in writing or in printing; a clerical error.
    • Error A wandering; a roving or irregular course. "The rest of his journey, his error by sea."
    • Error (Mensuration) The difference between an observed value and the true value of a quantity.
    • Error (Math) The difference between the approximate result and the true result; -- used particularly in the rule of double position.
    • Error (Mensuration) The difference between the observed value of a quantity and that which is taken or computed to be the true value; -- sometimes called residual error.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Ovaltine was originally called Ovamaltine. A clerical error forced the name to be changed when the manufacturer registered the name.
    • n error A wandering; a devious and uncertain course.
    • n error A deviation from the truth; a discrepancy between what is thought to be true and what is true; an unintentional positive falsity; a false proposition or mode of thought.
    • n error An inaccuracy due to oversight or accident; something different from what was intended, especially in speaking, writing, or printing: as, a clerical error (which see, below).
    • n error A wrong-doing; a moral fault; a sin, especially one that is not very heinous.
    • n error The difference between the observed or otherwise determined value of a physical quantity and the true value: also called the true error. By the error is often meant the error according to some possible theory. Thus, in physics, the rule is to make the sum of the squares of the errors a minimum—that is, that theory is adopted according to which the sum of the squares of the errors of the observations is represented to be less than according to any other theory. The error of an observation is separated into two parts, the accidental error and the constant error. The accidental error is that part of the total error which would entirely disappear from the mean of an indefinitely large series of observations taken under precisely the same circumstances; the constant error is that error which would still affect such a mean. The law of error is a law connecting the relative magnitudes of errors with their frequency. The law is that the logarithm of the frequency is proportional to the square of the error. This law holds only for the accidental part of the error, and only for certain kinds of observations, and to those only when certain observations affected by abnormal errors have been struck out. The probable error is a magnitude which one half the accidental errors would in the long run exceed; this is a well-established but unfortunate expression. The mean error is the quadratic mean of the errors of observations similar to given observations.
    • n error In law, a mistake in a judicial determination of a court, whether in deciding wrongly on the merits or ruling wrongly on an incidental point, to the prejudice of the rights of a party. It implies, without imputing corruptness, a deviation from or misapprehension of the law, of a nature sufficiently serious to entitle the aggrieved party to carry the case to a court of review.
    • n error Perplexity; anxiety; concern.
    • n error In base-ball, a failure by one of the fielders to put out an opponent when he has the opportunity; a misplay by which a runner secures a base.
    • error In law, upon an appeal, to reverse the judgment or other determination of the court below, on account of error in its proceedings.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The board game Monopoly was originally rejected by Parker Brothers, who claimed it had 52 fundamental errors.
    • Error a deviation from truth, right, &c.: a blunder or mistake: a fault: sin
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Quotations

  • Arthur Schopenhauer
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    “To free a person from error is to give, and not to take away.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
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    “Experience is a revelation in the light of which we renounce our errors of youth for those of age.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
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    “Honest error is to be pitied, not ridiculed.”
  • Thomas Russell
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    “The errors of faith are better than the best thoughts of unbelief.”
  • Euripides
    Euripides
    “No one who lives in error is free.”
  • Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
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    “Where there is much freedom there is much error.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. error, errur, F. erreur, L. error, fr. errare, to err. See Err
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. errer—L. errāre, to stray; cog. with Ger. irren, and irre, astray.

Usage

In literature:

Comte's error was to mistake a theory of progress for progress itself.
"Introduction to the Science of Sociology" by Robert E. Park
This work is undoubtedly necessary to every Englishman, but its errors are manifold.
"Bibliomania; or Book-Madness" by Thomas Frognall Dibdin
The common error is the reverse of all this.
"Hints on Horsemanship, to a Nephew and Niece" by George Greenwood
Was it the fault of the Gospel, or was the error rooted in human nature, a melancholy misinterpretation of a high truth?
"Beside Still Waters" by Arthur Christopher Benson
Said court erred in remanding this plaintiff in error to the custody of said defendant in error.
"The Mysterious Murder of Pearl Bryan" by Unknown
Even then he will not escape errors.
"College Teaching" by Paul Klapper
Even now most young students would, if left to themselves, fall into the old errors.
"Introduction to the Study of History" by Charles V. Langlois
With what liabilities to error.
"Modern Painters Volume II (of V)" by John Ruskin
Errors of Cuyp in graduation of color.
"Modern Painters Volume I (of V)" by John Ruskin
It is the shirking of these life-facts that has resulted so often in error.
"The Truth About Woman" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
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In poetry:

Festus.
It is our trust
That there is yet another world to mend
All error and mischance.
"Paracelsus: Part III: Paracelsus" by Robert Browning
Supreme and omnipresent God,
Guide him in wisdom's way!
Give peaceful triumph to the truth,
Bid error melt away!
"To My Absent Brother" by Mary Baker Eddy
And her heart is very tender,
Full of love and kindliness,
Yearning evermore to render
Goodness fuller, error less.
"Sorrow" by Walter Richard Cassels
Be with thine heart a sharer,
But go not thou too nigh;
Else thou wilt rue thine error,
With a tear-filled, sleepless eye.
"Within and Without: Part III: A Dramatic Poem" by George MacDonald
I thought He signed that I should yield,
And give the error way.
I held my peace; no word revealed,
No gesture uttered nay.
"A Book of Dreams: Part I" by George MacDonald
As mind and soul matter surpass
And error flies from truth,
So should we train the nobler parts
Of plastic, trusting youth.
"Needs And Powers" by Jared Barhite

In news:

The latest polls show a neck and neck race for the Presidential election and this has some residents worried about any potential errors at the polls on election day.
Errors uncharacteristic for Ducks, but they won't dwell on them.
However, all of these methods still introduce some errors into the communcations and key receptions, meaning that it's possible for Alice and Bob to notice the eavesdropping and act accordingly.
CORPUS CHRISTI — State Rep Connie Scott's error in claiming the endorsement of former Nueces County Judge Richard Borchard raises questions about how political endorsement is defined these days.
Errors in ASTM G148 Keywords.
This guarantees that in the event of an error there is no hazardous voltage to the conductive parts of the device.
Ryan bumps Romney within margin of error in WI, FL, pollster says.
Zips strong, but errors lead to loss.
GE Engine Failure Caused by Assembly Error.
ICD-9-CM 2009 Physician volumes 1 and 2, full size edition This section has seven errors.
Error prone football adds up to sound defeat for Claremont High School.
Error-prone Sooners fall at home to Kansas State.
Castillo entered Monday riding a streak of 129 games without an error, the longest ever for a major league second baseman, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Error establishing a database connection.
Your contributions and help in correcting any errors are greatly appreciated.
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In science:

The error in the calculated spectral type includes both the error in our mass estimate and the error in the relation itself.
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
The first error is observational, and the second one includes theoretical errors, statistical errors of the simulations and errors of the fits.
A simple model of the hierarchical formation of galaxies
The error for α comes both from the error in ν and the statistical error in α/ν .
Specific-Heat Exponent of Random-Field Systems via Ground-State Calculations
The error bars include the statistical error of the simulation combined with the expected error of the extrapolation procedure.
Multifractal current distribution in random diode networks
We have traced back to several sources of error which influence this part of the waveform, most notably numerical differencing error originating near the punctures in our simulations and radiation errors associated with the finite spatial extent of our numerical domain.
Modeling gravitational radiation from coalescing binary black holes
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