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incident

noun [C/U]  /ˈɪn·sə·dənt, -ˌdent/ us  

incident noun [C/U] (EVENT)

an event, esp. one that is either unpleasant or unusual: [C] Many shipping companies do not report incidents of piracy, for fear of raising their insurance rates. [U] The demonstration took place without incident.

incident

adjective [not gradable] /ˈɪn·sə·dənt, -ˌdent/

incident adjective [not gradable] (HITTING A SURFACE)

touching or hitting the surface of somethingincident ray ( also incident wave) physics An incident ray or incident wave is a beam of light or other energy that hits a surface.
Translations of “incident”
in Korean 사건, 사고…
in Arabic حادِث…
in French incident…
in Turkish olay, vaka, hadise…
in Italian episodio, incidente…
in Chinese (Traditional) (不愉快或不尋常的)事件…
in Russian случай, происшествие…
in Polish wydarzenie, incydent, zajście…
in Spanish incidente, suceso…
in Portuguese incidente…
in German der Vorfall…
in Catalan incident…
in Japanese 出来事, 事故…
in Chinese (Simplified) (不愉快或不寻常的)事件…
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