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Accident Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0

  • anything that happens by chance without an apparent cause
  • a mishap; especially one causing injury or death

Definitions from Wiktionary

  • a mishap; especially one causing injury or death ,
  • anything that happens by chance without an apparent cause

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Accident Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia

An accident is when something goes wrong when it is not meant to. Physical accidents are things like collisions, injuries, and falling. Non-physical accidents are things like accidentally telling someone a secret, forgetting something important, or deleting an important computer file.

Road accidents kill thousands of people each month in the United States, and thousands each week in the world. They injure more thousands each week. The majority involve a car but there are also many bus, truck and bicycle accidents. Aircraft crashes, ship sinkings and other transport accidents also attract much attention.

Injuries from accidents, however, are more numerous at home than elsewhere. They attract less attention because only a few people are hurt at a time.

Often, accidents are investigated so that we can learn how to avoid them in the future. Sometimes by studying an accident we can discover new things, for example penicillin.

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* I aimed at the public's heart, and by accident I hit it in the stomach. - Upton Sinclair

* There is no accident so disastrous that a clever man cannot derive some profit from it nor any so fortunate that a fool cannot turn it to his disadvantage. - La Rochefoucauld

* It's no accident many accuse me of conducting public affairs with my heart instead of my head. Well, what if I do ... Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either. - Golda Meir

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