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incident

1. a relatively insignificant event that might have serious consequences, esp in international politics
2. a public disturbance
3. (esp of a beam of light or particles) arriving at or striking a surface

Incident

Subordinate to the whole scheme, but used to give points of reference along the way, and temporarily create interest.

incident

An occurrence other than an accident associated with the operation of an aircraft, which affects or could affect the safety of operation (ICAO).
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The "parts" of "Lucy" and "Falkland" (which the distressed family carried about with them everywhere, like incidental maladies) were handed to their representatives on the spot.
Lord Deepmere carried off such embarrassment as might be incidental to this unexpected encounter with the inferior grace of a male and a Briton.
It is a great though incidental advantage that the materials from the heart of the Hill Difficulty have been employed in filling up the Valley of Humiliation, thus obviating the necessity of descending into that disagreeable and unwholesome hollow.
What with the physical shocks incidental to my first interview with Professor Challenger and the mental ones which accompanied the second, I was a somewhat demoralized journalist by the time I found myself in Enmore Park once more.
It is of the highest importance in the art of detection to be able to recognize, out of a number of facts, which are incidental and which vital.
It was quite easy to say, "Because George Emerson has been bothering me, and if he hears I've given up Cecil may begin again"--quite easy, and it had the incidental advantage of being true.
Besides, our action on each other, good as well as evil, is so incidental and at random that we can seldom hear the acknowledgments of any person who would thank us for a benefit, without some shame and humiliation.
The heavy concussions of the distant guns and those incidental harmless pyrotechnics at the level of the clouds seemed to have as little to do with killing and force, terror and submission, as a salute at a naval review.
Basnett and his papers seemed to her an incidental diversion of life's serious purpose compared with some tremendous fact which manifested itself as she stood alone with Katharine.
He preferred waiting for the incidental disclosure which events must soon bring about.
For him, indeed, human life is, in the first instance, only an additional, and as it were incidental grace, upon this expressive landscape.
With that unaccountable attraction of the mind to trifles, which is often incidental to a state of doubt and confusion, the Carrier as he walked slowly to and fro, found himself mentally repeating even these absurd words, many times.

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