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Definition of accident:

  1. A point or mark which may be retained or omitted in a coat of arms.
  2. A property attached to a word, but not essential to it, as gender, number, case.
  3. A property or quality of a thing which is not essential to it, as whiteness in paper; an attribute.
  4. A quality or attribute in distinction from the substance, as sweetness, softness.
  5. Any accidental property, fact, or relation; an accidental or nonessential; as, beauty is an accident.
  6. Literally, a befalling; an event that takes place without one's foresight or expectation; an undesigned, sudden, and unexpected event; chance; contingency; often, an undesigned and unforeseen occurrence of an afflictive or unfortunate character; a casualty; a mishap; as, to die by an accident.
  7. Unusual appearance or effect.


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