Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word

Chance events and happening by chance

stochastic

adjective

giving a result that cannot be guessed, being caused by chance

accident

noun

something that happens unexpectedly, without being planned

coincidence

noun

a situation in which separate things happen by chance at the same time or in the same way

fluke

noun

something that happens unexpectedly because of an accident or good luck

time

verb

to do something by chance at a particular moment

accidentally

adverb

by chance, as the result of an accident

coincidentally

adverb

used for saying that something happens by chance

incidental

adjective

accidentally happening as a result of an activity or process

unlucky

adjective

used about bad things that happen accidentally

serendipity

noun

the fact of finding pleasant or useful things by chance

dark pool

a method of financial trading in which share prices are hidden and not openly available to the public

BuzzWord Article

Word of the Day

bottom gear

the gear that you use for driving a vehicle very slowly

Open Dictionary

subtweet

to post a tweet, usually a negative one, that mentions a person without using the @ sign, so that they will not see the message on their Twitter feed …

add a word

Blog

A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog