Meaning of ERROR in English

/ ˈerə(r); NAmE / noun

[ C , U ] error in sth / in doing sth a mistake, especially one that causes problems or affects the result of sth :

No payments were made last week because of a computer error.

There are too many errors in your work.

I think you have made an error in calculating the total.

A simple error of judgement meant that there was not enough food to go around.

a grave error (= a very serious mistake)

a glaring error (= a mistake that is very obvious)

The delay was due to human error (= a mistake made by a person rather than by a machine) .

The computer system was switched off in error (= by mistake) .

There is no room for error in this job.

—see also margin of error ➡ note at mistake


- see, realize, etc. the error of your ways

—more at trial noun



Middle English : via Old French from Latin error , from errare to stray, err.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.