Associations to the word «Accidental»


ACCIDENTAL, adjective. Not essential; incidental, secondary. [from 14th c.]
ACCIDENTAL, adjective. (philosophy) Nonessential to something's inherent nature (especially in Aristotelian thought). [from 14th c.]
ACCIDENTAL, adjective. (music) Adjusted by one or two semitones, in temporary departure from the key signature. [from 16th c.]
ACCIDENTAL, adjective. Occurring sometimes, by chance; occasional. [from 16th c.]
ACCIDENTAL, adjective. Happening by chance, or unexpectedly; taking place not according to the usual course of things; by accident, unintentional. [from 16th c.]
ACCIDENTAL, adjective. (geometry) Being a double point with two distinct tangent planes in 4-dimensional projective space.
ACCIDENTAL, noun. A property which is not essential; a nonessential; anything happening accidentally.
ACCIDENTAL, noun. (painting) (pluralonly) Those fortuitous effects produced by luminous rays falling on certain objects so that some parts stand forth in abnormal brightness and other parts are cast into a deep shadow.
ACCIDENTAL, noun. (music) A sharp, flat, or natural, occurring not at the commencement of a piece of music as the signature, but before a particular note.
ACCIDENTAL ABORTION, noun. (medical) A spontaneous abortion.
ACCIDENTAL ABORTIONS, noun. Plural of accidental abortion
ACCIDENTAL CHORD, noun. (music) A chord containing one or more tones foreign to its proper harmony.
ACCIDENTAL CHORDS, noun. Plural of accidental chord
ACCIDENTAL COLOR, noun. Alternative form of accidental colour
ACCIDENTAL COLORS, noun. Plural of accidental color
ACCIDENTAL COLOUR, noun. (optics) A colour depending on the hypersensibility of the retina of the eye for complementary colours. They are purely subjective sensations of colour which often result from the contemplation of actually coloured bodies.
ACCIDENTAL COLOURS, noun. Plural of accidental colour
ACCIDENTAL LIGHT, noun. (painting) A secondary light; an effect of light other than ordinary daylight, such as the rays of the sun darting through a cloud, or between the leaves of trees; the effect of moonlight, candlelight, or burning bodies.
ACCIDENTAL LIGHTS, noun. Plural of accidental light
ACCIDENTAL POINT, noun. (perspective) A point on the horizon at which two parallel lines appear to meet.

Dictionary definition

ACCIDENTAL, noun. A musical notation that makes a note sharp or flat or natural although that is not part of the key signature.
ACCIDENTAL, adjective. Happening by chance or unexpectedly or unintentionally ; "with an inadvertent gesture she swept the vase off the table"; "accidental poisoning"; "an accidental shooting".

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