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Definitions of accidental

  1. a musical notation that makes a note sharp or flat or natural although that is not part of the key signature Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. A property which is not essential; a nonessential; anything happening accidentally. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. Anything not essential. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  6. A property or quality nonessential; anything accidental. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  7. Anything non-essential. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  8. Accidentally. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. 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
  10. Happening by chance, or unexpectedly; taking place not according to the usual course of things; casual; fortuitous; as, an accidental visit. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Nonessential; not necessary belonging; incidental; as, are accidental to a play. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Happening by chance; casual. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. 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.
  14. Happening by chance: not essential. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  15. Happening by chance; casual; non-essential; incidental. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  16. 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.

Usage examples for accidental

  1. The correspondence seems to be too marked to be wholly accidental – The Hindu-Arabic Numerals by David Eugene Smith Louis Charles Karpinski
  2. In the finer wood industries a fine- grained wood is capable of high polish, while a coarse- grained wood is not, so that in this latter case the distinction depends chiefly on hardness, and in the former on an accidental case of slow or rapid growth. – Seasoning of Wood by Joseph B. Wagner
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