incident

An incident refers to a particular happening, sometimes criminal but always noteworthy. If there was a food fight in the cafeteria, an e-mail might be sent to the parents of all students telling of the incident at school.

The word incident is quite vague. It can refer to a humorous occurrence or a violent one, something that disturbed one's routine or something unusual that happened. If a child screams in a library, it's not that unusual, but if an adult does, that's an incident! As an adjective, incident is used in the field of physics to describe particles or radiation that fall on a surface. The incident light showed how dirty the windows were.

Primary Meanings of incident

1.
n
a single distinct event
2.
adj
(sometimes followed by `to') minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature or occurring as a chance concomitant or consequence
3.
adj
falling or striking of light rays on something
Full Definitions of incident
1

n a single distinct event

Types:
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cause celebre
an incident that attracts great public attention
contagion, infection, transmission
an incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted
scene
an incident (real or imaginary)
sideshow
a subordinate incident of little importance relative to the main event
Type of:
happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
an event that happens

n a public disturbance

“the police investigated an incident at the bus station”
Type of:
commotion, disruption, disturbance, flutter, hoo-ha, hoo-hah, hurly burly, kerfuffle, to-do
a disorderly outburst or tumult
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adj (sometimes followed by `to') minor or casual or subordinate in significance or nature or occurring as a chance concomitant or consequence

Synonyms:
incidental
omissible
capable of being left out
parenthetic, parenthetical
qualifying or explaining; placed or as if placed in parentheses
peripheral
related to the key issue but not of central importance
secondary
depending on or incidental to what is original or primary
Antonyms:
basic
pertaining to or constituting a base or basis
basal, base
serving as or forming a base
elemental, elementary, primary
of or being the essential or basic part
fundamental, rudimentary, underlying
being or involving basic facts or principles
grassroots
fundamental
radical
arising from or going to the root or source
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adj falling or striking of light rays on something

incident light”