Definition of incident in English:

incident

noun

  • 1An instance of something happening; an event or occurrence.

    ‘several amusing incidents’
    ‘there was not one incident of teasing from the 90 pupils’
    • ‘I would like to relate a recent incident that happened to one of my friends in her 30s.’
    • ‘It chronicles where the incident happened, when, and in what circumstances.’
    • ‘All of these incidents started happening a year ago next year.’
    • ‘The occurrence and magnitude of incidents related to economic, social and political instability are unpredictable.’
    • ‘The incident happened in 1994 as mourners gathered after the funeral of the boy's grandfather.’
    • ‘Lipton survived the affair and told shareholders the incident had happened years before and the practice had been given up.’
    • ‘Similar explosive incidents happen regularly around the world and occasionally get into the press, or in Japan, on experimental TV.’
    • ‘All reasonable people understand that acts of God, accidents, or incidents will happen that will affect the quality of drinking water.’
    • ‘Over the years Arthur has had many amusing incidents happen to him.’
    • ‘When these incidents happen it is wasteful for the time of business people travelling through.’
    • ‘Space permits me to relate just two incidents that happened recently to members of the running fraternity in Sligo.’
    • ‘He saw that she showed no sign of being scared on account of the occurrence of a political incident.’
    • ‘I would like to relate to you and your readers an incident that happened to me not long ago and express my gratitude and admiration for all those involved.’
    • ‘Then a couple of incidents happened one after the other that changed my life.’
    • ‘Opposition councillors have questioned how the incident was allowed to happen in the first place.’
    • ‘Wildlife rescuers said they were shocked and devastated by three incidents, which have happened in the past week.’
    • ‘Finally she calmed down and, regaining composure, proceeded with the wedding as if the incident had never happened.’
    • ‘That's one of the really fun things about writing - you can take incidents that happened to you, and you can relate them and make them part of somebody else's story.’
    • ‘The embarrassing incident happened just a day after their debut album ‘Handshakes for Bullets’ was released.’
    • ‘In a bizarre but later understandable chain of events, an incident happened in seconds that ruined the lives of four men and ended that of a fifth.’
    event, occurrence, occasion, episode, experience, happening, proceeding, eventuality, affair, business
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    1. 1.1A violent event, such as a fracas or assault.
      ‘one person was stabbed in the incident’
      • ‘Such is the prevalence of workplace violence that an entire industry has sprung up dedicated to predicting violent incidents and attempting to prevent them.’
      • ‘But another resident, who asked not to be named, said she was considering leaving the area after hearing of several unrelated but violent incidents in Portswood and Inner Avenue.’
      • ‘The court heard that there had been two earlier violent incidents before the fatal confrontation.’
      • ‘Airedale Hospital in rural Steeton, near Keighley, has had nearly 140 reported violent incidents last year, ranging from verbal abuse to actual assault.’
      • ‘The incident happened in the afternoon near the main bus stand in the communally sensitive North Gujarat town, which has witnessed several violent incidents in recent weeks.’
      • ‘But most of the incidents were fighting between individuals, minor public order incidents and minor assaults.’
      • ‘Humberside Police launched the amnesty today in a bid to get the deadly weapons off the streets, and said there had been 84 recorded incidents of violent crime in the area in January and February alone.’
      • ‘Women have been warned to be on their guard following a spate of violent incidents involving men posing as private hire taxi drivers.’
      • ‘Shockingly, even a teacher is listed as a perpetrator in a Yorkshire council's tables, which show a total of 173 racist incidents from name-calling to assault.’
      • ‘The first incident happened when riot police were called to a ‘serious’ disturbance between rival fans at the pub.’
      • ‘Other incidents included violent disturbances, assault on a 23-year-old man, shouting threats to kill and spitting at residents.’
      • ‘In May, Davie police charged him with domestic violence and aggravated assault after the incident with the hammer.’
      • ‘The drivers claim they are at risk because of the nature of the job, and say that police have not been responding efficiently to emergency calls following assaults and violent incidents.’
      • ‘Most patients were young lads with a Northern Irish accent, usually victims of violent incidents like stone throwing, assaults, or even punishment beatings.’
      • ‘Police are investigating two incidents that occurred within hours of each other on opposite sides of the city.’
      • ‘Four footballers are facing court cases arising out of two separate alleged incidents involving violent assaults.’
      • ‘A few days ago a man was sentenced to death for two separate incidents that occurred about a year ago - deliberately knocking two women off their scooters and trying to steal their bags.’
      • ‘The assault was the latest in a series of violent incidents involving bus crews in Yorkshire which has led to a series of suspensions and threatened withdrawals of bus services.’
      • ‘The woman was left shocked but uninjured after the incident, which happened at about 6.10 pm yesterday.’
      • ‘They were given unrestricted access to officers and police documentation, and attended events and incidents as they happened.’
    2. 1.2A hostile clash between forces of rival countries.
      ‘the US regretted the incident’
      • ‘In recent weeks there have been repeated incidents in which forces have demolished homes believed to belong to members of the resistance.’
      • ‘If the Germans did not like it, they could attack American forces… Everything was to be done to force an incident.’
      • ‘It represents the heaviest loss of British life in a single hostile incident since the war began.’
      • ‘During the incident, the Japanese force had total control of the skies over Shanghai.’
      • ‘A CNN crew embedded at ground forces headquarters witnessed the incident.’
    3. 1.3[mass noun]The occurrence of dangerous or exciting things.
      ‘my period in Egypt wasn't without incident’
      • ‘Such anticipation as I had was more pleasure than pain, and the event itself passed without drama or incident.’
      • ‘It was an hour packed with drama, incident, excitement, courage and endeavour.’
      • ‘The lives of fictional private detectives tend to be action-packed, dangerous and full of incident.’
      • ‘The first meeting passed off without incident.’
      • ‘The conversation shifted to other topics and the rest of the meal passed without incident.’
  • 2Law
    A privilege, burden, or right attaching to an office, estate, or other holding.

    • ‘Among the standard incidents of ownership are the right to exclusive physical control, the right to use it, the right to decide how and by whom it is to be used, and the right to alienate it.’
    • ‘It is to do with the incidents that attach to such an estate.’

adjective

  • 1Liable to happen because of; resulting from.

    ‘the changes incident to economic development’
    • ‘It is true if and only if the first argument is incident to the second.’
    1. 1.1Law
      Attaching to.
      ‘the costs properly incident to a suit for foreclosure or redemption’
      • ‘Covenants, obligations and liabilities incident to the estate.’
      • ‘The appellate court reversed, saying the search was lawful because it was incident to the arrest of the passenger.’
  • 2(especially of light or other radiation) falling on or striking something.

    ‘when an ion beam is incident on a surface’
    • ‘The intensity of all monochromatic incident light was kept close using neutral density filters.’
    • ‘This orientation minimizes the polymer's exposure to incident light and hence lowers observed fluorescence.’
    • ‘Further, nitrogen-based defensive compounds tend to increase under both high nutrient availability and reduced incident radiation.’
    • ‘The net effect is the diffraction of the incident radiation by the array of molecules.’
    • ‘There is a resonant interaction of the incident light with the surface plasmons on both surfaces of the metal film.’
    1. 2.1Physics
      Relating to incidence.
      ‘the incident angle’
      • ‘Mirror size and shape is based on the diameter of the beam to be reflected, the incident angle, and the required scan angle.’
      • ‘The cutoff wavelength of a dichroic mirror is a sensitive function of the incident angle.’
      • ‘Note that the incident angle is the angle between the laser beam and the normal to the interface.’
      • ‘The sample chamber could be rotated to alter the incident angle for both reflective and transmissive diffraction.’
      • ‘Compressive force on the platelet, on the other hand, is a function of both the incident angle and shear rate.’

Origin

Late Middle English: via Old French from Latin incident- falling upon, happening to, from the verb incidere, from in- upon + cadere to fall.

Pronunciation:

incident

/ˈɪnsɪd(ə)nt/