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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun accident:


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Definition of the noun accident

What does accident mean as a name of something?

Accident is one of the top 1000 most common nouns in the English language.

noun - plural: accidents

  1. an unfortunate mishap; especially one causing damage or injury
  2. anything that happens suddenly or by chance without an apparent cause

Alternative definition of the noun accident


  1. An unexpected event with negative consequences occurring without the intention of the one suffering the consequences.
  2. Any chance event.
  3. [uncountable] Chance.
  4. [context: transport] An unintended event such as a collision that causes damage or death.
  5. Any property, fact, or relation that is the result of chance or is nonessential.
  6. [euphemistic] An instance of incontinence.
  7. [euphemistic] An unintended pregnancy.
  8. [philosophy, logic] A quality or attribute in distinction from the substance, as sweetness, softness.
  9. [grammar] A property attached to a word, but not essential to it, as gender, number, case.
  10. [geology] An irregular surface feature with no apparent cause.
  11. [heraldry] A point or mark which may be retained or omitted in a coat of arms
  12. [legal] casus; such unforeseen, extraordinary, extraneous interference as is out of the range of ordinary calculation.
  13. [military] An unplanned event that results in injury (including death) or occupational illness to person(s) and/or damage to property, exclusive of injury and/or damage caused by action of an enemy or hostile force.
  14. [context: uncountable, philosophy, uncommon] Appearance, manifestation.

Specialised definition of the noun accident

Glossary of sports

an unpleasant event which happens suddenly and harms someone's health (2008. Dictionary of Leisure, Travel and Tourism. Third edition. A&C Black Publishers Ltd)


  1. Accident is a town in Garrett County, Maryland, United States. The population was 325 at the 2010 census. The town is home to Northern Garrett High School. According to the book Labels for Locals by Paul Dickson, a person from Accident is called an "Accidental".
  2. Accident a.k.a. Accident, Arkansas: Accident is an unincorporated community in Township 2, Benton County, Arkansas, United States. It is located near Highway 264 north of Bethel Heights.


  1. Accident a.k.a. Major Accident is a punk band from the North East of England.
  2. Accident is a musical group.
  3. Accident is a death/thrash metal band from Moldova.
    • album: "Psychosport"

There are other groups with in their name, like Farm Accident, Cheer-Accident, Freak Accident, The Sexy Accident, The Freak Accident, The Ginger Accident, The Accident Experiment, Accident on the East Lancs, Accident Waiting to Happen, The Accident That Led Me to the World.


  1. "Accident" is a composition, cataloged instance.
  2. "Accident" is a musical album of Ezo.
    • released on (24 years ago)
  3. "Accident" is the soundtrack album of the 2008 film.
    • also known as Accident soundtrack
    • genre: Soundtrack
    • released in (8 years ago)
  4. "Accident" a.k.a. "He's on the Phone": "He's on the Phone" is a song by British pop group Saint Etienne in collaboration with French singer-songwriter Étienne Daho. A fast-paced Eurodance track, it is one of Saint Etienne's biggest hits, reaching #11 on the UK Singles Chart. The lyrics tell of an "academia girl" trying to escape from a relationship with a married man: "He's on the phone / And she wants to go home, / Shoes in hand, / Don't make a sound, / It's time to go." At the centre of the track is a spoken-word section by Daho.
  5. "Accident" is a musical album of the Hub.
    • released in (15 years ago)
  6. "Accident" is a composition.


  1. "Accident" is a book, work of fiction, written work.
    • language: English Language
    • author: Danielle Steel
    • genre: Romance novel
    • released in (22 years ago)
  2. "Accident" is a book by Nicholas Mosley.
    • genre: Fiction
    • subject: Adultery


  1. "Accident", originally titled Assassins, is a 2009 Hong Kong action thriller directed by Soi Cheang, produced by Johnnie To and starring Louis Koo, and Richie Jen. Accident competed at the 66th Venice International Film Festival, and was released theatrically in Hong Kong on 17 September 2009.
  2. "Accident" is Harold Pinter's 1967 British dramatic film adaptation of the 1965 novel by Nicholas Mosley. Directed by Joseph Losey, it is the second of three collaborations between Pinter and Losey, the others being The Servant and The Go-Between. At the 1967 Cannes Film Festival it won the award for Grand Prix Spécial du Jury. It also won the prestigious Grand Prix of the Belgian Film Critics Association.
  3. "Accident" is a 1976 Romanian thriller film directed by Sergiu Nicolaescu.
  4. "Accident" is a 1985 Indian Kannada language film directed by Shankar Nag. The film stars his elder brother Anant Nag and wife Arundhati Nag in lead roles. It was considered a landmark film in Kannada cinema.
  5. "Accident" is a 2012 Bengali film directed by Nandita Roy & Shiboprosad mukherjee. The story of the film deals with road accident and its consequences in Kolkata. The director duo got motivated by Keshtopur road incident in April 2008 where at least 20 people were killed and nearly 40 were injured.
  6. "Accident" is a 2008 Indian Kannada language thriller film directed by and starring Ramesh Aravind, and based on the 1969 French film Z. Rekha Vedavyas appears in a pivotal role. The supporting cast features Pooja Gandhi, Thilak Shekar and Mohan.
  7. "Accident" is a 2013 Nigerian thriller drama film produced & directed by Teco Benson starring Kalu Ikeagwu & Chioma Chukwuka. It won the Best Nigerian Film award at the 10th Africa Movie Academy Awards. It also has 3 nominations at the 2014 Nigeria Entertainment Awards. Its story revolves around the life of a female lawyer who is approached by a client seeking divorce with low-sexual satisfaction from partner as reasons. An unexpected event occur leading to several consequences.
    • country: Nigeria
    • genres: Thriller, Drama
    • released in
    • award:
      • African Movie Academy Award for Best Film (Nigeria)
      • African Movie Academy Award for Best Editing
      • African Movie Academy Award for Best Screenplay
      • African Movie Academy Award for Best Director nomination for Teco Benson
      • African Movie Academy Award for Best Nigerian Film
      • African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress In Leading Role nomination for Chioma Chukwuka
      • African Movie Academy Award for Best Nigerian Film
  8. "Accident" is a 1928 German short film directed by Ernö Metzner.
  9. "Accident" is a 2007 documentary film written and directed by Cao Guimarães and Pablo Lobato.


  1. Accident, as used in philosophy, is an attribute which may or may not belong to a subject, without affecting its essence. The word "accident" has been employed throughout the history of philosophy with several distinct meanings.
  2. Accident: The informal fallacy of accident is a deductively valid but unsound argument occurring in statistical syllogisms when an exception to a rule of thumb is ignored. It is one of the thirteen fallacies originally identified by Aristotle. The fallacy occurs when one attempts to apply a general rule to an irrelevant situation.
    • also known as 偶例謬誤
  3. Accident is a TV program, begun on (37 years ago).

Phrases with Accident

Phrases starting with the word Accident:

  1. accident-prone
  2. accident surgery
  3. Accident of Birth
  4. Accident blackspot
  5. Accident and emergency
  6. Accident Waiting to Happen

Phrases ending with the word Accident:

  1. By Accident
  2. On Accident
  3. Road Accident
  4. fatal accident
  5. Freak Accident
  6. Hull-Loss Accident
  7. inevitable accident
  8. cerebrovascular accident
  9. There's Been an Accident

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Accident

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Google previewThe Principles of Logic (1907)

by Herbert Austin Aikins

Accident is that quality which distinguishes one genus from another. (d2) Accident is a quality which belongs to the class genus, but may also belong to some other class.

An accident is an attribute which may or may not ...

Google previewIndustrial Safety Management (2006)

by Naseer Elahi

An accident is an unexpected, unplanned event in a sequence of events, that occurs through a combination of causes; it results...

Google previewThe Northwestern Reporter (1918)

An accident is an event which proceeds from an unknoWn Cause, Or is an unusual effect Of a known cause, and therefore not expected. Chicago, St. L. & N. O. R.

An accident is the happening of an event without the aid and the design of the person, and which is unforeseen.” Paul V.

Google previewComplete Digest of All Lawyers Reports Annotated (1922)

From 1 L.R.A. to L.R.A. 1918F : Combining in One All Previous Digests with Additional Matters of Great Value

An accident is the happening, without the aid and design of a person, of an event which is unforeseen.

An "accident" is an unexpected event which happens as by chance, or which does not take place according to the usual course of things. ... An accident is any event which takes place without the foresight or expectation of...

Google previewThe Law Reports (1884)

Appeal cases before the House of Lords and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, also peerage cases by James Redfoord Bulwer

accident is a purely inevitable accident not occasioned by the 1884 fault of either party, then Common Law...

Google previewSubstance and Attribute (2007)

Western and Islamic Traditions in Dialogue by Christian Kanzian, Muhammad Legenhausen

The common accident is a separable accident. It differs from the concomitant accident in that it...

Google preview3-2-1 Code It!: 2012 Update (2012)

by Michelle Green

A railway accident is a transport accident involving a railway train or another railway vehicle operated on rails, whether...

traffic accident is any motor vehicle accident occurring on a public highway (e.g., originating, terminating, or involving a ...

Google previewThe Handbook of Crisis Communication (2011)

by W. Timothy Coombs, Sherry J. Holladay

Technical error accident refers to an occurring crisis when equipment or technology failure results cause an industrial accident. Technical error recall refers to an occurring crisis when equipment or technology failure results in a defective ...

Google previewThe Insurance Almanac and Encyclopedia (1918)

ACCIDENT, PERSONAL-AFtna Cas.; AEtna Life; American Cas.; American Indemnity; American Liability; American Life & Accident; American Mutual Life; American National, Texas; Appomattox Cas.; Atlantic Health & Accident; Bankers ...

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; Or Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, &c. Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

Accident, in grammar, implies a property attached to a word, without entering into its essential definition ; for every word, notwithstanding its signification, must be either primitive, derivative, simple, or compound, which are the accidents of ...

Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law (1889)

by John Houston Merrill, Charles Frederic Williams, Thomas Johnson Michie, David Shephard Garland

"The general principle is clear; the 'act of God' is natural necessity — as winds and storms, which arise from natural causes, and is distinct from inevitable accident." Mansfield, C. J., in Trent Proprs. v. Wood, 4 Doug.

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Quotes about Accident

We can become anything. That is why injustice is impossible here. There may be the accident of birth, there is no accident of death. Nothing forces us to remain what we were. (John Berger)
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Scrabble value of A1C3C3I1D2E1N1T1

The value of this 8-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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