error

"I'm sorry, sir, there's been some sort of error in the kitchen," is what a restaurant waiter might say to a patron who ordered the fish but was mistakenly served a plateful of worms instead.

Simply put, an error is a mistake. However, that mistake is more likely due to a lapse in judgment or skill than to an accident. A plane crash that occurs after the pilot mistakenly presses the "pilot eject" button is said to be caused by "human error." A baseball play in which the pitcher throws the ball to second base instead of first because he was distracted by a pretty girl in the stands is an error — one that might cost his team the game.

Definitions of error
  1. noun
    a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
    “she was quick to point out my errors
    synonyms: fault, mistake
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    blot, smear, smirch, spot, stain
    an act that brings discredit to the person who does it
    confusion, mix-up
    a mistake that results from taking one thing to be another
    incursion
    the mistake of incurring liability or blame
    miscalculation, misestimation, misreckoning
    a mistake in calculating
    distortion
    the mistake of misrepresenting the facts
    miscue, parapraxis, slip, slip-up
    a minor inadvertent mistake usually observed in speech or writing or in small accidents or memory lapses etc.
    offside
    (sport) the mistake of occupying an illegal position on the playing field (in football, soccer, ice hockey, field hockey, etc.)
    lapse, oversight
    a mistake resulting from inattention
    omission, skip
    a mistake resulting from neglect
    bloomer, blooper, blunder, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, pratfall
    an embarrassing mistake
    balls-up, ballup, cockup, mess-up
    something badly botched or muddled
    betise, folly, foolishness, imbecility, stupidity
    a stupid mistake
    renege, revoke
    the mistake of not following suit when able to do so
    failure
    an unexpected omission
    bobble
    the momentary juggling of a batted or thrown baseball
    backfire, boomerang
    a miscalculation that recoils on its maker
    rounding, rounding error
    (mathematics) a miscalculation that results from rounding off numbers to a convenient number of decimals
    truncation error
    (mathematics) a miscalculation that results from cutting off a numerical calculation before it is finished
    Freudian slip
    a slip-up that (according to Sigmund Freud) results from the operation of unconscious wishes or conflicts and can reveal unconscious processes in normal healthy individuals
    spectacle
    a blunder that makes you look ridiculous; used in the phrase `make a spectacle of' yourself
    bull
    a serious and ludicrous blunder
    fumble, muff
    (sports) dropping the ball
    fluff
    a blunder (especially an actor's forgetting the lines)
    faux pas, gaffe, gaucherie, slip, solecism
    a socially awkward or tactless act
    howler
    a glaring blunder
    clanger
    a conspicuous mistake whose effects seem to reverberate
    misstep, stumble, trip, trip-up
    an unintentional but embarrassing blunder
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    nonaccomplishment, nonachievement
    an act that does not achieve its intended goal
  2. noun
    a misconception resulting from incorrect information
    synonyms: erroneous belief
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    misconception
    an incorrect conception
  3. noun
    inadvertent incorrectness
    synonyms: erroneousness
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    deviation
    the error of a compass due to local magnetic disturbances
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    incorrectness, wrongness
    the quality of not conforming to fact or truth
  4. noun
    part of a statement that is not correct
    “the book was full of errors
    synonyms: mistake
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    corrigendum
    a printer's error; to be corrected
    erratum, literal, literal error, misprint, typo, typographical error
    a mistake in printed matter resulting from mechanical failures of some kind
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    misstatement
    a statement that contains a mistake
  5. noun
    departure from what is ethically acceptable
    synonyms: wrongdoing
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    evil, evilness
    the quality of being morally wrong in principle or practice
  6. noun
    (baseball) a failure of a defensive player to make an out when normal play would have sufficed
    synonyms: misplay
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    failure
    an act that fails
  7. noun
    (computer science) the occurrence of an incorrect result produced by a computer
    synonyms: computer error
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    hardware error
    error resulting from a malfunction of some physical component of the computer
    programming error, software error
    error resulting from bad code in some program involved in producing the erroneous result
    algorithm error
    error resulting from the choice of the wrong algorithm or method for achieving the intended result
    disk error
    error resulting from malfunction of a magnetic disk
    run-time error, runtime error, semantic error
    an error in logic or arithmetic that must be detected at run time
    syntax error
    an error of language resulting from code that does not conform to the syntax of the programming language
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    happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
    an event that happens
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