mistake


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mistake

[mə′stāk]
(computer science)
A human action producing an unintended result, in contrast to an error in a computer operation.
References in classic literature ?
"There is some mistake," he said, "but I will come."
Wilcox, it has been mistake upon mistake for fifty years.
"It is all a mistake," repeated Margaret, feeling that she must put her foot down.
The author's mistake was pointed out to him, in the most obliging manner, by Robert Belt, Esq.
Anyhow, the mistake has been made and the only thing to do is to set it right.
"It seems there's been a mistake about this little girl, Mrs.
But only experience can show what will have this sedative effect, and it is easy to make mistakes. We feel dissatisfaction, and think that such and-such a thing would remove it; but in thinking this, we are theorizing, not observing a patent fact.
M'Choakumchild never make any mistakes themselves, I suppose, Sissy?'
She was almost as far from believing as from wishing it to be sincere; for she had not forgotten that he could mistake, and his assertion of the offer and of her encouragement convinced her that his mistakes could sometimes be very egregious.
I'm sure the cook's ladled some salt water into it by mistake."
He wins his battles by making no mistakes. Making no mistakes is what establishes the certainty of victory, for it means conquering an enemy that is already defeated.
[1289a] rather to treat of what is common, censure those under which they live, and extol the excellence of a particular state, as the Lacedaemonian, or some other: but every legislator ought to establish such a form of government as from the present state and disposition of the people who are to receive it they will most readily submit to and persuade the community to partake of: for it is not a business of less trouble to correct the mistakes of an established government than to form a new one; as it is as difficult to recover what we have forgot as to learn anything afresh.