Accident
Accident Ac"ci*dent, n. [F. accident, fr. L. accidens, -dentis, p. pr. of accidere to happen; ad + cadere to fall. See {Cadence}, {Case}.] 1. Literally, a befalling; an event that takes place without one's foresight or expectation; an undesigned, sudden, and unexpected event; chance; contingency; often, an undesigned and unforeseen occurrence of an afflictive or unfortunate character; a casualty; a mishap; as, to die by an accident. [1913 Webster]

Of moving accidents by flood and field. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Thou cam'st not to thy place by accident: It is the very place God meant for thee. --Trench. [1913 Webster]

2. (Gram.) A property attached to a word, but not essential to it, as gender, number, case. [1913 Webster]

3. (Her.) A point or mark which may be retained or omitted in a coat of arms. [1913 Webster]

4. (Log.) (a) A property or quality of a thing which is not essential to it, as whiteness in paper; an attribute. (b) A quality or attribute in distinction from the substance, as sweetness, softness. [1913 Webster]

5. Any accidental property, fact, or relation; an accidental or nonessential; as, beauty is an accident. [1913 Webster]

This accident, as I call it, of Athens being situated some miles from the sea. --J. P. Mahaffy. [1913 Webster]

6. Unusual appearance or effect. [Obs.] --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Note: Accident, in Law, is equivalent to casus, or such unforeseen, extraordinary, extraneous interference as is out of the range of ordinary calculation. [1913 Webster]


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