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TOEFL BNC: 1187 COCA: 1707


accident /ˈæksədənt/ noun
plural accidents
plural accidents
Learner's definition of ACCIDENT
: a sudden event (such as a crash) that is not planned or intended and that causes damage or injury事故;意外遭遇
◊ An accident waiting to happen is a person or thing that is dangerous or unsafe.危险人物危险事件
: an event that is not planned or intended : an event that occurs by chance意外;偶发事件

by accident

: in a way that is not planned or intended偶然;碰巧
TOEFL BNC: 1187 COCA: 1707



ac·​ci·​dent ˈak-sə-dənt How to pronounce accident (audio) -ˌdent How to pronounce accident (audio)
: an unforeseen and unplanned event or circumstance
Their meeting was an accident.
: lack of intention or necessity : chance
They met by accident rather than by design.
: an unfortunate event resulting especially from carelessness or ignorance
was involved in a traffic accident
medical : an unexpected and medically important bodily event especially when injurious
a cerebrovascular accident
law : an unexpected happening causing loss or injury which is not due to any fault or misconduct on the part of the person injured but for which legal relief may be sought
US, informal
used euphemistically to refer to an uncontrolled or involuntary act or instance of urination or defecation (as by a baby or a pet)
The puppy had an accident on the rug.
: a nonessential property or quality of an entity or circumstance
the accident of nationality

Example Sentences

He was injured in an accident at work. The accident happened when her car slid on a patch of ice. Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the accident. Their meeting was an accident.
Recent Examples on the Web Wise, a truck driver and stunt driver, burned to death in a car accident at Myrtle Beach Speedway in South Carolina in 1999. Jozsef Papp, ajc, 6 Sep. 2022 This was for Caleb VanHooser and Christian Eubanks, the two Indiana State football players who died in a car accident on Aug. 22 before ever playing a college game. Matthew Vantryon, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Sep. 2022 Jermani Thompson was servicing a Frontier Airlines flight around 10 p.m. when the accident happened, Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport said. Phil Helsel, NBC News, 1 Sep. 2022 According to the Alabama State Troopers crash report, the accident happened at 4:56 p.m. on Saturday, June 25. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 31 Aug. 2022 The accident happened at the intersection of 55th Street and South La Grange Road at around 6:41 p.m. Sunday, said Countryside police Chief Joseph Ford Jr. in an email. Shanzeh Ahmad, Chicago Tribune, 30 Aug. 2022 The accident happened before 2 a.m. in the small town of Riley, about 10 miles from the university's campus. Alexandra Meeks, CNN, 22 Aug. 2022 According to the officials, the accident happened near the town of Jalalpur Peerwala in Punjab province. BostonGlobe.com, 16 Aug. 2022 Police said the accident happened about 7:19 p.m. in the 5700 block of West Fond du Lac Avenue. Steven Martinez, Journal Sentinel, 13 Aug. 2022 See More

Word History


Middle English, "happening, nonessential property, diseased condition, disturbance (of the mind)," borrowed from Anglo-French, "irregularity, incident, symptom," borrowed from Latin accident-, accidens "chance event, contingent attribute" (translating Greek symbebēkós), from present participle of accidere "to fall down, impinge on, be heard, happen," from ad- ad- + cadere "to fall" — more at chance entry 1

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of accident was in the 14th century
TOEFL BNC: 1187 COCA: 1707


1unexpected event that causes damage/injury事故ADJECTIVE | VERB + ACCIDENT | ACCIDENT + VERB | ACCIDENT + NOUN | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADJECTIVEbad, dreadful, horrible, horrific, major, nasty, serious, terrible, tragic, unfortunate嚴重的事故;可怕的事故;重大事故;駭人的事故;悲慘的事故;不幸的事故deadly, fatal致命的事故a fatal road accident一起致命的道路交通事故minor, slight, small小事故;輕微事故bizarre, freak奇怪的/反常的事故Their boat sank in a freak accident.他們的船在一起反常的意外事故中沉沒了。hit-and-run(汽車駕駛員等)肇事逃逸事故industrial, nuclear工業事故;核事故auto, automobile, bike, car, highway, motor, motorbike, motorcycle, motor-vehicle, road, traffic車禍;自行車事故;汽車事故;公路事故;機動車事故;摩托車事故;道路交通事故The woman was involved in a road traffic accident. (BrE) 這名婦女捲入了一起道路交通事故中。aircraft, airplane, plane (especially NAmE) 飛行事故boating, climbing, hunting, riding, skiing划船/登山/狩獵/墜馬/滑雪事故VERB + ACCIDENTbe involved in, have, meet with, suffer牽涉進事故中;發生事故;遇到事故;遭遇事故She met with an accident while skiing in Colorado.她在科羅拉多州滑雪時出了一起事故。cause引起事故avoid, prevent避免/防止事故survive在事故中幸存下來recover from從事故中康復ACCIDENT + VERBhappen, occur, take place事故發生ACCIDENT + NOUNblack spot (BrE) 事故多發地段victim事故受害者prevention事故的預防investigation, report事故的調查/報道rate, statistics事故發生率/統計數字PREPOSITIONin an/the accident在事故中PHRASESan accident involving涉及⋯的事故He was badly hurt in an accident involving two cars and a van.他在一起兩輛汽車和一輛貨車相撞的事故中受了重傷。an accident waiting to happen (= a situation which is likely to become dangerous) 可能發生的事故the scene of the accident事故現場The ambulance took only six minutes to reach the scene of the accident.救護車只用了 6 分鐘就趕到了事故現場。


2sth not planned in advance出乎意料之事ADJECTIVE | PREPOSITION | PHRASES ADJECTIVEmere, pure, sheer純屬意外;純屬偶然By pure accident he had come across the very man who could solve the mystery.他碰巧遇到了那個能夠解開這一謎團的人。happy意外的驚喜historical歷史的偶然PREPOSITIONby accident偶然We met by accident at the airport.我們在機場偶然相遇。PHRASESan accident of birth (especially BrE) 出生的偶然an accident of history歷史的偶然It's just an accident of history that the city became part of the Soviet Union.這座城市歸屬蘇聯純屬歷史的偶然。be no accident that...⋯絕非偶然It is no accident that men fill most of the top jobs.大多數高級職位都由男性擔任絕非偶然。by accident or design出於偶然或是預先計劃It happened, whether by accident or design, that Steve and I were the last two people to leave.不知是偶然還是事先安排,史蒂夫和我是最後離開的兩個人。
TOEFL BNC: 1187 COCA: 1707
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0_0: Translations of accident
  • # n.
    變故: accident, misfortune, unforeseen event
    不測: accident, contingency, mishap
    岔子: accident, trouble
    長短: accident, duration, extent, gossip, length, rumor
    閃失: accident, mishap
    事: accident, affair, business, involvement, job, matter
    事故: accident, distress, failure
    意外: accident, calamity, catastrophe, collision, crash, disaster
    遇合: accident, chance, contingency, fortuity, haphazard, hazard

0_0: Definitions of accident
  • # noun.
    - an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally, typically resulting in damage or injury.
    * he had an accident at the factory
    - an event that happens by chance or that is without apparent or deliberate cause.
    * the pregnancy was an accident
    - (in Aristotelian thought) a property of a thing which is not essential to its nature.
    * None

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