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AC'CIDENT, n. [L. accidens, falling, from ad and cado, to fall. See Case and Cadence. Class Gd.]

1. A coming or falling; an event that takes place without one's foresight or expectation; an event which proceeds from an unknown cause, or is an unusual effect of a known cause, and therefore not expected; chance; casualty; contingency.

2. That which takes place or begins to exist without an efficient intelligent cause and without design.

All of them, in his opinion, owe their being, to fate, accident, or the blind action of stupid matter.

3. In logic, a property, or quality of a being which is not essential to it, as whiteness in paper. Also all qualities are called accidents, in opposition to substance, as sweetness, softness, and things not essential to a body, as clothes.

4. In grammar, something belonging to a word, but not essential to it, as gender, number, inflection.

5. In heraldry, a point or mark, not essential to a coat of arms.



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AC'CIDENT, n. [L. accidens, falling, from ad and cado, to fall. See Case and Cadence. Class Gd.]

1. A coming or falling; an event that takes place without one's foresight or expectation; an event which proceeds from an unknown cause, or is an unusual effect of a known cause, and therefore not expected; chance; casualty; contingency.

2. That which takes place or begins to exist without an efficient intelligent cause and without design.

All of them, in his opinion, owe their being, to fate, accident, or the blind action of stupid matter.

3. In logic, a property, or quality of a being which is not essential to it, as whiteness in paper. Also all qualities are called accidents, in opposition to substance, as sweetness, softness, and things not essential to a body, as clothes.

4. In grammar, something belonging to a word, but not essential to it, as gender, number, inflection.

5. In heraldry, a point or mark, not essential to a coat of arms.

AC'CI-DENT, n. [L. accidens, falling, from ad and cado, to fall; W. codum, a fall, cwyzaw, to fall; Ir. kudaim; Corn. kotha; Arm. kuetha, to fall. See Case and Cadence. Class Gd.]

  1. A coming or falling; an event that takes place without one's foresight or expectation; an event which proceeds from an unknown cause, or is an unusual effect of a known cause, and therefore not expected; chance; casualty; contingency.
  2. That which takes place or begins to exist without an efficient intelligent cause and without design. All of them, in his opinion, owe their being to fate, accident, or the blind action of stupid matter. – Dwight.
  3. In logic, a property, or quality of a being which is not essential to it, as whiteness in paper. Also all qualities are called accidents, in opposition to substance, as sweetness, softness, and things not essential to a body, as clothes. – Encyc.
  4. In grammar, something belonging to a word, but not essential to it, as gender, number, inflection. – Encyc.
  5. In heraldry, a point or mark, not essential to a coat of arms. – Encyc.

Ac"ci*dent
  1. Literally, a befalling; an event that takes place without one's foresight or expectation; an undesigned, sudden, and unexpected event; chance; contingency; often, an undesigned and unforeseen occurrence of an afflictive or unfortunate character; a casualty; a mishap; as, to die by an accident.

    Of moving accidents by flood and field.
    Shak.

    Thou cam'st not to thy place by accident:
    It is the very place God meant for thee.
    Trench.

  2. A property attached to a word, but not essential to it, as gender, number, case.
  3. A point or mark which may be retained or omitted in a coat of arms.
  4. A property or quality of a thing which is not essential to it, as whiteness in paper; an attribute.

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  5. Any accidental property, fact, or relation; an accidental or nonessential; as, beauty is an accident.

    This accident, as I call it, of Athens being situated some miles from the sea.
    J. P. Mahaffy.

  6. Unusual appearance or effect.

    [Obs.] Chaucer.

    * Accident, in Law, is equivalent to casus, or such unforeseen, extraordinary, extraneous interference as is out of the range of ordinary calculation.

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Accident

AC'CIDENT, noun [Latin accidens, falling, from ad and cado, to fall. See Case and Cadence. Class Gd.]

1. A coming or falling; an event that takes place without one's foresight or expectation; an event which proceeds from an unknown cause, or is an unusual effect of a known cause, and therefore not expected; chance; casualty; contingency.

2. That which takes place or begins to exist without an efficient intelligent cause and without design.

All of them, in his opinion, owe their being, to fate, accident or the blind action of stupid matter.

3. In logic, a property, or quality of a being which is not essential to it, as whiteness in paper. Also all qualities are called accidents, in opposition to substance, as sweetness, softness, and things not essential to a body, as clothes.

4. In grammar, something belonging to a word, but not essential to it, as gender, number, inflection.

5. In heraldry, a point or mark, not essential to a coat of arms.

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importance

IMPORT'ANCE, n.

1. Weight; consequence; a bearing on some interest; that quality of any thing by which it may affect a measure, interest or result. The education of youth is of great importance to a free government. A religious education is of infinite importance to every human being.

2. Weight or consequence in the scale of being.

Thy own importance know.

Nor bound thy narrow views to things below.

3. Weight or consequence in self-estimation.

He believes himself a man of importance.

4. Thing implied; matter; subject; importunity. [In these senses, obsolete.]

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horn

HORN, n. [L. cornu]

1. A hard substance growing on the heads of certain animals, and particularly on cloven-footed quadrupeds; usually projecting to some length and terminating in a point. Horns are generally bent or curving, and those of some animals are spiral. They serve for weapons of offense and defense. The substance of horns is gelatinous, and in Papin's digester it may be converted into jelly.

Horn is an animal substance, chiefly membranous, consisting of coagulated albumen, with a little gelatin and phosphate of lime.

The horns of deer possess exactly the properties of bone,and are composed of the same constituents, only the proportion of cartilage is greater.

2. A wind instrument of music, made of horn; a trumpet. Such were used by the Israelites.

3. In modern times, a wind instrument made of metal.

4. An extremity of the moon, when it is waxing or waning, and forming a crescent.

5. The feeler or antenna of an insect.

6. The feeler of a snail, which may be withdrawn; hence, to pull or draw in the horns, is to repress one's ardor, or to restrain pride.

7. A drinking cup; horns being used anciently for cups.

8. A winding stream.

9. Horns, in the plural, is used to characterize a cuckold.
He wears the horns.

10. In Scripture, horn is a symbol of strength or power.

The horn of Moab is cut off. Jer.48.

Horn is also an emblem of glory, honor, dignity.

My horn is exalted in the Lord. 1 Sam.2.

In Daniel, horn represents a kingdom or state.

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