• WordNet 3.6
    • n incidence the striking of a light beam on a surface "he measured the angle of incidence of the reflected light"
    • n incidence the relative frequency of occurrence of something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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    • Incidence A falling on or upon; an incident; an event; an occurrence.
    • Incidence (Physics) The direction in which a body, or a ray of light or heat, falls on any surface. "In equal incidences there is a considerable inequality of refractions."
    • Incidence The rate or ratio at which something occurs; as, the incidence of murder in Los Angeles; the incidence of cancer in men over 50.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
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    • n incidence A subordinate occurrence or thing; an incident; something incidental or casual.
    • n incidence The manner of falling; direction of the line of fall; course.
    • n incidence In physics, the falling or impinging of a ray of light or heat, etc., upon a surface: used especially with reference to the direction of the ray.
    • n incidence In astronomy, same as immersion, 4.
    • n incidence In geometry, the situation of two figures in which they have something more in common than they would have in some other situation, but do not completely coincide. The four kinds of incidence that are particularly considered are: 1st, that of a point and a line when the former lies on the latter; 2d, that of a point and a plane when the former lies in the latter; 3d. that of two lines when they cut each other; and 4th, that of a line and a plane when the former lies in the latter.
    • n incidence In gunnery, the angle which the longer axis of a projectile makes with the surface struck.
    • n incidence The actual fall of taxation upon a particular individual or piece of property, in distinction from its nominal or supposed distribution.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
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    • n Incidence the manner of falling: bearing or onus, as of a tax that falls unequally: the falling of a ray of heat, light, &c. on a body:
    • n Incidence (geom.) the falling of a point on a line, or a line on a plane
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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
Cf. F. incidence,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. incĭdensin, on, cadĕre, to fall.


In literature:

On the whole the voyage was pleasant enough and almost without unusual incident, bar an accident or two to individuals.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
I have stated that an incident occurred to our party that illustrated some of the habits of this interesting bird.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
Until the 29th of October no incident occurred in their passage.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
All this is mere historic incident, and has little to do with Francis's art instincts and ambitions.
"Royal Palaces and Parks of France" by Milburg Francisco Mansfield
The mention of his career in the gallery may close with the incident.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
For nearly three days the westward journey was without incident which need be given in detail.
"Footprints in the Forest" by Edward Sylvester Ellis
The next little incident I shall name the "Battle of the Standard," because it was all about a little flag.
"Some Reminiscences of old Victoria" by Edgar Fawcett
Life at the store was not without incident.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
It was a slight incident, a trivial incident, merely an odd dream.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore
Once more Agamemnon's dire lot is told with some new incidents added.
"Homer's Odyssey" by Denton J. Snider

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
Past deeds now from each tongue alternate fell;
For news of dearest import both could tell.
Fondly, from childhood's tears to youth's full prime,
They match'd the incidents of jogging time;
"The Miller's Maid" by Robert Bloomfield
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:

Bus company says its employees responded after incident.
He was beaten in an alleged hazing incident on a bus in November.
A screen shot of the video taken by neighbor Oscar Lopez showing the alleged incident.
According to reports, Evelyn Lozada and Chad Johnson have officially ended their marriage just one month the head- butting incident.
The incident happened at about 8 am Friday south of Peck Road.
The first incident was an attempted armed robbery at a convenience store located on 19 North.
Incident activity for March 2012.
The incident started at about 11:15 pm Tuesday in the village of Calumet .
During our most recent production of Oliver we had a couple of incidents.
Social issues within poorer neighbourhoods are blamed for the high incidence of crime.
Police Have Suspect in Capitol Building Graffiti Incident.
Reported road rage incident escalates into car-train crash.
Jesus Salazar, 30, pleaded guilty this week for the incident at Sycuan Casino.
While Parry's injuries were not life-threatening, the incident, which occurred shortly after 5:30 pm, created a cascade of information.
Clandestine drug lab incidents almost triple in one year, especially a problem in Central New York.

In science:

Here we expand that with a massive Monte Carlo simulation including a wide range incidence angles, with more runs for each incidence angle.
Atmospheric Consequences of Cosmic Ray Variability in the Extragalactic Shock Model II: Revised ionization levels and their consequences
The goal of when we let K(cid:48)(cid:48) = ∪O(log n) the random transformations is to ensure that in Πr (K(cid:48) ), with a constant probability, each vertex in BF 1 (Ai ) can reach a vertex in Vk−2 incident to a shortcut edge, and each vertex in BRk+3 (Bj ) is incident to a shortcut edge from Vk+1 .
Transitive-Closure Spanners
When vj ’s are merged into a new one, edges originally incident on vj ’s become incident on the new vertex.
Asymptotic Eigenvalue Moments of Wishart-Type Random Matrix Without Ergodicity in One Channel Realization
An edge (i,j,t) in KT incident on a permutation π ∊ Sn if π(t) =i and π(t+1) = j. A permutation π ∊ Sn is said to be incident on a time-graph G of order n if every edge incident on π is in G. G is said to be Hamiltonian if there is at least one permutation incident on it.
Two conjectures such that the proof of any one of them will lead to the proof that P = NP
Here we shall take g(i,j) = TP for some π‘ij in Sn such that for i=1,2,…,k; π‘ij is incident on Gi, and ei is incident on π‘ij for any j = 1,2,..,c(i).
Two conjectures such that the proof of any one of them will lead to the proof that P = NP