Meaning of “incident” in the English Dictionary

"incident" in British English

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incidentnoun

uk /ˈɪn.sɪ.dənt/ us /ˈɪn.sɪ.dənt/

B2 [ C ] an event that is either unpleasant or unusual:

A youth was seriously injured in a shooting incident on Saturday night.
without incident

with nothing unpleasant or unusual happening:

Despite fears of violence, the demonstration passed off without incident.

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incidentadjective

uk /ˈɪn.sɪ.dənt/ /ˈɪn.sɪ.dənt/ specialized

(Definition of “incident” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"incident" in American English

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incidentnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈɪn·sə·dənt, -ˌdent/

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.

incidentadjective [ not gradable ]

/ˈɪn·sə·dənt, -ˌdent/

incident adjective [ not gradable ] (HITTING A SURFACE)

touching or hitting the surface of something

incident ray also incident wave physics

An incident ray or incident wave is a beam of light or other energy that hits a surface.

(Definition of “incident” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)