Meaning of "accident" in Essential American English Dictionary


noun us /ˈæk·sə·dənt/

A2 something bad that happens that is not wanted or planned, and that hurts someone or damages something:

a car accident
She had an accident in the kitchen.
by accident

B1 without wanting to or planning to:

I deleted the wrong file by accident.

(Definition of “accident” from the Webster's Essential Mini Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)