- 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.
Recorded since 1412, from Middle French incident, from Latin incidens, the present active participle of incidō (“to happen, befall”), itself from in- (“on”) + -cidō, the combining form of cadō (“to fall”).
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.