- 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.
- 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 of incidentOld French ; from Medieval Latin ; from present participle of Classical Latin incidere, to fall upon ; from in-, on + 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 of incidentME incydente
- 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.
- Law Something contingent on or related to something else.
- Tending to arise or occur as a result or accompaniment: “There is a professional melancholy &ellipsis; incident to the occupation of a tailor” (Charles Lamb).
- Law Related to or dependent on another thing.
- Physics Falling upon or striking a surface: incident radiation.
Origin of incidentMiddle 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.
- Arising as the result of an event, inherent
- (physics) (of a stream of particles or radiation) falling on or striking a surface (e.g. "The incident light illuminated the surface.")
- Coming or happening accidentally; not in the usual course of things; not in connection with the main design; not according to expectation; casual; fortuitous.
- Liable to happen; apt to occur; befalling; hence, naturally happening or appertaining.
- (law) Dependent upon, or appertaining to, another thing, called the principal.
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.