incidental element

incidental element

[¦in·sə¦dent·əl ′el·ə·mənt]
(industrial engineering)
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Painting in the strictest sense is used only sporadically, and is often a minimal, almost incidental element. For viewers familiar with Jensen's art, this will come as no surprise: He has been working for years on similarly material-oriented pieces that are both subtle and rough, pieces that minimize the directive role of the artist while focusing on inherent or slightly modified qualities of the fabric itself as image.
While the line shielding the Government from liability is thin, precedent from the CFC holds that, under the military necessity doctrine, 'the sovereign is immune from liability for confiscation of private property taken by [the military], through destruction or otherwise, to prevent it from falling into enemy hands, or to protect the health of troops, or as an incidental element of defense against hostile attack and is not compensable under the Fifth Amendment.' ...
At the same time, Gong's overwhelming emphasis on the power of governmental policy also denies the possible but less penetrable roles that desires, personal motivations, and incidental elements might play in these cultural productions.
Integral and Incidental Elements. Students must be able to identify the most important information and collect evidence to support their learning need.
Incidental elements are repeatedly weighted in Gabriel's favor, such as the choice of the chilly Delaney as Gabriel's nice but not-too-sympathetic spouse.
Unlike any other portrait painter that I can think of, Freud mesmerises with pattern and texture as he is constantly fascinating the viewer with the incidental elements of a moment and the potential chaos in life.