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Definitions of accidental

  1. occurring or appearing or singled out by chance; "their accidental meeting led to a renewal of their friendship"; "seek help from casual passers-by"; "a casual meeting"; "a chance occurrence" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. a musical notation that makes a note sharp or flat or natural although that is not part of the key signature Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. associated by chance and not an integral part; "poetry is something to which words are the accidental, not by any means the essential form"- Frederick W. Robertson; "they had to decide whether his misconduct was adventitious or the result of a flaw in his character" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  4. without intention (especially resulting from heedless action); "with an inadvertent gesture she swept the vase off the table"; "accidental poisoning"; "an accidental shooting" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. Happening by chance, or unexpectedly; taking place not according to the usual course of things; casual; fortuitous; as, an accidental visit. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Nonessential; not necessary belonging; incidental; as, are accidental to a play. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A property which is not essential; a nonessential; anything happening accidentally. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. Those fortuitous effects produced by luminous rays falling on certain objects so that some parts stand forth in abnormal brightness and other parts are cast into a deep shadow. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. A sharp, flat, or natural, occurring not at the commencement of a piece of music as the signature, but before a particular note. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Happening by chance; casual. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  11. Happening by chance or unexpectedly; casual; connected with, but not necessarily belonging to; incidental. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. That which happens unexpectedly; a sign used in music to lower or raise the note before which it is placed. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  13. Accidentally. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. Happening by chance: not essential. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. Anything not essential. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  16. Happening by chance; casual; non-essential; incidental. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  17. Happening by chance, or unexpectedly; non-essential; not necessarily belonging to. Accidental colours those complementary colours seen on a white or light ground after looking steadily for some time at a bright coloured object. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  18. A property or quality nonessential; anything accidental. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  19. Anything non-essential. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  20. That which happens unexpectedly. The French give the name Tissue accidentels to those adventitious textures, that are the result of a morbid process. Medical Lexicon. A Dictionary of Medical Science
  21. Happening by chance, undesignedly, or unexpectedly; occasional; not essential to a conception (so also an a. as n.); subsidiary. (Mus.) a. sharps, flats, naturals, and a. as noun, signs attached to single notes, not in signature. (Optics) a. colours, those presented by subjective sensation, not external. (In painting) a. lights, and accidentals as n., effects of other than ordinary day light. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  22. n. Any thing happening accidentally ; a casualty ;—a sharp, flat, or natural, occurring not at the commencement of a piece of music as the signature, but before a particular note Cabinet Dictionary
  23. A property nonessential. Complete Dictionary
  24. Having the quality of an accident; nonessential; casual, fortuitous, happening by chance. Complete Dictionary
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