a. A particular occurrence, especially one of minor importance. See Synonyms at occurrence.
b. An event in a narrative or drama.
a. A usually violent or disruptive occurrence, especially one that precipitates a larger crisis: an international incident that provoked war.
b. An occurrence that interrupts normal procedure or functioning; a mishap: The plane landed without incident.
3. Law Something contingent on or related to something else.
1. Tending to arise or occur as a result or accompaniment: "There is a professional melancholy ... incident to the occupation of a tailor" (Charles Lamb).
2. Law Related to or dependent on another thing.
3. Physics Falling upon or striking a surface: incident radiation.
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