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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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At the sound of my voice he nearly jumped out of his skin, as the saying is, and incidentally broke a cup.
In a certain work incidentally treating of the 'Washington, or Northern Marquesas Islands,' I have seen the frequent immolation of human victims upon the altars of their gods, positively and repeatedly charged upon the inhabitants.
Then up and spoke the orator of the occasion, another pillar of the municipality, bidding the world welcome to Gloucester, and incidentally pointing out wherein Gloucester excelled the rest of the world.
Incidentally, an over-zealous policeman had arrested, on charge of murder done in a far southern State, a horribly indignant Ajmir cotton-broker, who was explaining himself to a Mr Strickland on Delhi platform, while E23 was paddling through byways into the locked heart of Delhi city.
I didn't feel in the humour, because, don't you see, I had been incidentally given to understand that I was an insignificant and superfluous person who had better get out of the way of serious people.
Unless incidentally, it has no concern whatever either with Duty or with Truth.
They were of great service to me, and especially that one incidentally truthful piece of biography of Stapleton's.
Thus he was incidentally enabled to discuss the fortunes of Lucy.
The gentleman who, when I was young, bathed me at wisdom's font for nine guineas a term--no extras--used to say he never knew a boy who could do less work in more time; and I remember my poor grandmother once incidentally observing, in the course of an instruction upon the use of the Prayer-book, that it was highly improbable that I should ever do much that I ought not to do, but that she felt convinced beyond a doubt that I should leave undone pretty well everything that I ought to do.
Where your calling is more open to criticism is when you pry into the secrets of private individuals, when you rake up family matters which are better hidden, and when you incidentally waste the time of men who are more busy than yourself.
Incidentally he was having some hot coffee and pie in an untidy inadvertent manner, with an eye fluttering nervously over the side of the car.
When speaking to Chichagov, Kutuzov incidentally mentioned that the vehicles packed with china that had been captured from him at Borisov had been recovered and would be restored to him.