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noun [countable] British English pronunciation: incident /ˈɪnsɪd(ə)nt/ 
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  1. something that happens, especially a violent, criminal, or dangerous event

    an embarrassing incident

    Police are appealing for witnesses to the incident.

    without incident:

    The anniversary of the massacre passed without incident.

    an isolated incident (=an event that is not connected with other events):

    A military spokeswoman said that the shooting was an isolated incident.

    a major/minor incident:

    The pilot radioed ahead to Gatwick to warn of a major incident on board.

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