- The definition of an incident is something that happens, possibly as a result of something else.
- An example of incident is seeing a butterfly while taking a walk.
- An example of incident is someone going to jail after being arrested for shoplifting.
incident definition by Webster's New World
- likely to happen as a result or concomitant; incidental (to): the cares incident to parenthood
- falling upon, striking, or affecting: incident rays
- Law dependent upon or involved in something else
Origin: Old French ; from Midieval Latin ; from present participle of Classical Latin incidere, to fall upon ; from in-, on plush cadere, to fall: see case
- something that happens; happening; occurrence
- something that happens as a result of or in connection with something more important; minor event or episode, esp. one in a novel, play, etc.
- an apparently minor conflict, disturbance, etc., as between persons, states, etc., that may have serious results
- a minor public disturbance, fracas, etc.
- Law something incident to something else
Origin: ME incydente
incident definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A definite and separate occurrence; an event. See Synonyms at occurrence.
- A usually minor event or condition that is subordinate to another.
- Something contingent on or related to something else.
- An occurrence or event that interrupts normal procedure or precipitates a crisis: an international incident.
- Tending to arise or occur as a result or accompaniment: “There is a professional melancholy . . . incident to the occupation of a tailor” (Charles Lamb).
- Related to or dependent on another thing.
- Physics Falling upon or striking a surface: incident radiation.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, apt to happen, an incident, from Latin incidēns, incident-, present participle of incidere, to happen : in-, on; see in-2 + cadere, to fall; see kad- in Indo-European roots.
incident - Computer Definition
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) defines a computer security incident as a real or potential violation of an explicit or implied policy regarding information. The DHS has five incident types, based on incident outcomes: (1) increased access beyond authorization; (2) information disclosure; (3) information corruption; (4) Denial of Service (DoS); and (5) resource theft. The DHS notes that actual incidents often fall into multiple categories. For example, a Website defacement can involve increased access beyond authorization and information corruption, and a system compromise can involve increased access beyond authorization, information disclosure, and resource theft.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security. DHS Organization. [Online, 2004.] U.S. Department of Homeland Security Website. http://www.dhs.gov/dhspublic/theme_ home1.jsp.