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.
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I believe that this is an entire mistake. I believe that the discovery of our own motives can only be made by the same process by which we discover other people's, namely, the process of observing our actions and inferring the desire which could prompt them.
'Yes, Miss Louisa - they always remind me of stutterings, and that's another of my mistakes - of accidents upon the sea.
'That was a great mistake of yours,' observed Louisa.
And as to making me an offer, or anything like it, there must be some unaccountable mistake. I could not have misunderstood a thing of that kind, you know!
"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.
The land suddenly at night looms up right over your bows, or perhaps the cry of "Broken water ahead!" is raised, and some long mistake, some complicated edifice of self-delusion, over- confidence, and wrong reasoning is brought down in a fatal shock, and the heart-searing experience of your ship's keel scraping and scrunching over, say, a coral reef.
Levin maintained that the mistake of Wagner and all his followers lay in their trying to take music into the sphere of another art, just as poetry goes wrong when it tries to paint a face as the art of painting ought to do, and as an instance of this mistake he cited the sculptor who carved in marble certain poetic phantasms flitting round the figure of the poet on the pedestal.