incident Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary Cambridge dictionaries logo

Meaning of “incident” in the English Dictionary

"incident" in British English

See all translations

incidentnoun

uk   us   /ˈɪn.sɪ.dənt/
B2 [C] an ​event that is either ​unpleasant or ​unusual: an ​isolated/​serious/​unfortunate incident A ​youth was ​seriouslyinjured in a ​shooting incident on ​Saturdaynight.without incident with nothing ​unpleasant or ​unusualhappening: Despite ​fears of ​violence, the ​demonstrationpassed off without incident.

expend iconexpend iconMore examples

incidentadjective

uk   /ˈɪn.sɪ.dənt/ specialized
touching or ​hitting the ​surface of something: an incident ​ray/​wave
(Definition of incident from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"incident" in American English

See all translations

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 ​shippingcompanies do not ​report incidents of ​piracy, for ​fear of ​raisingtheirinsurancerates. [U] The ​demonstration took ​place without incident.

incidentadjective [not gradable]

 /ˈɪn·sə·dənt, -ˌdent/
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.
(Definition of incident from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “incident”
in Korean 사건, 사고…
in Arabic حادِث…
in Malaysian kejadian…
in French incident…
in Russian случай, происшествие…
in Chinese (Traditional) (不愉快或不尋常的)事件…
in Italian episodio, incidente…
in Turkish olay, vaka, hadise…
in Polish wydarzenie, incydent, zajście…
in Spanish incidente, suceso…
in Vietnamese sự kiện…
in Portuguese incidente…
in Thai เหตุการณ์…
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…
in Indonesian kejadian…
What is the pronunciation of incident?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

“incident” in British English

More meanings of “incident”

Word of the Day

fire-eater

a performer who entertains people by seeming to swallow flames

Word of the Day

I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
I used to work hard/I’m used to working hard (Phrases with ‘used to’)
by Kate Woodford,
February 10, 2016
On this blog, we like to look at words and phrases in the English language that learners often have difficulty with. Two phrases that can be confused are ‘used to do something’ and ‘be used to something/doing something’. People often use one phrase when they mean the other, or they use the wrong

Read More 

farecasting noun
farecasting noun
February 08, 2016
predicting the optimum date to buy a plane ticket, especially on a website or using an app A handful of new and updated websites and apps are trying to perfect the art of what’s known as farecasting – predicting the best date to buy a ticket.

Read More