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Definition of Incident

Incident

  1. Falling or striking upon, as a ray of light upon a reflecting surface.
  2. Coming or happening accidentally; not in the usual course of things; not in connection with the main design; not according to expectation; casual; fortuitous.
  3. Liable to happen; apt to occur; befalling; hence, naturally happening or appertaining.
  4. Dependent upon, or appertaining to, another thing, called the principal.
  5. That which falls out or takes place; an event; casualty; occurrence.
  6. That which happens aside from the main design; an accidental or subordinate action or event.
  7. Something appertaining to, passing with, or depending on, another, called the principal.

Incident Quotations

There was an incident, in 1912, which 'gave me a turn,' so to speak: when I brought the 'Nude Descending a Staircase' to the Independants, and they asked me to withdraw it before the opening.
Marcel Duchamp

It may seem unfashionable to say so, but historians should seize the imagination as well as the intellect. History is, in a sense, a story, a narrative of adventure and of vision, of character and of incident. It is also a portrait of the great general drama of the human spirit.
Peter Ackroyd

What is truth? Truth doesn't really exist. Who is going to judge whether my experience of an incident is more valid than yours? No one can be trusted to be the judge of that.
Tracey Emin

My life is a lovely story, happy and full of incident.
Hans Christian Andersen

For every Scott Fitzgerald concerned with the precise word and the selection of relevant incident, there are a hundred American writers, many well-regarded, who appear to believe that one word is just as good as another and that everything which occurs to them is worth putting down.
Gore Vidal
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Incident Translations

incident in German is Vorfall, Ereignis, Ereignis, Zwischenfall
incident in Norwegian is episode, hendelse, innfallende
incident in Spanish is incidencia
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