Meaning of ACCIDENT in English


n.1 an event that is without apparent cause, or is unexpected (their early arrival was just an accident).

2 an unfortunate event, esp. one causing physical harm or damage, brought about unintentionally.

3 occurrence of things by chance; the working of fortune (accident accounts for much in life).

4 colloq. an occurrence of involuntary urination or defecation.

5 an irregularity in structure.

Phrases and idioms:

accident-prone (of a person) subject to frequent accidents. by accident unintentionally.

Etymology: ME f. OF f. LL accidens f. L accidere (as AC-, cadere fall)

Oxford English vocab.      Оксфордский английский словарь.