Definition of Error

1. Noun. A wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention. "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"

2. Noun. Inadvertent incorrectness.
Exact synonyms: Erroneousness
Generic synonyms: Incorrectness, Wrongness
Specialized synonyms: Deviation
Derivative terms: Erroneous, Err

3. Noun. A misconception resulting from incorrect information.
Exact synonyms: Erroneous Belief
Generic synonyms: Misconception

4. Noun. (baseball) a failure of a defensive player to make an out when normal play would have sufficed.
Exact synonyms: Misplay
Generic synonyms: Failure
Category relationships: Baseball, Baseball Game
Derivative terms: Misplay

5. Noun. Departure from what is ethically acceptable.
Exact synonyms: Wrongdoing
Generic synonyms: Evil, Evilness

6. Noun. (computer science) the occurrence of an incorrect result produced by a computer.
Exact synonyms: Computer Error
Category relationships: Computer Science, Computing
Generic synonyms: Happening, Natural Event, Occurrence, Occurrent
Specialized synonyms: Hardware Error, Programming Error, Software Error, Algorithm Error

7. Noun. Part of a statement that is not correct. "The book was full of errors"
Exact synonyms: Mistake
Generic synonyms: Misstatement
Specialized synonyms: Corrigendum, Erratum, Literal, Literal Error, Misprint, Typo, Typographical Error
Derivative terms: Mistake

Definition of Error

1. n. A wandering; a roving or irregular course.

Definition of Error

1. Noun. The state, quality, or condition of being wrong. ¹

2. Noun. A mistake; an accidental wrong action or a false statement not made deliberately. ¹

3. Noun. (computing countable) A failure to complete a task, usually involving a premature termination. ¹

4. Noun. (statistics countable) The difference between a measured or calculated value and a true one. ¹

5. Noun. (baseball countable) A play which is scored as having been made incorrectly. ¹

6. Noun. (context: appellate legal uncountable) One or more mistakes in a trial that could be grounds for review of the judgement. ¹

7. Verb. (computing) To function improperly due to an error, especially accompanied by error message. ¹

8. Verb. (telecommunications) To show or contain an error or fault. ¹

9. Verb. (nonstandard) To err. ¹

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Definition of Error

1. a mistake [n -S]

Medical Definition of Error

1. 1. A wandering; a roving or irregular course. "The rest of his journey, his error by sea." (B. Jonson) 2. A wandering or deviation from the right course or standard; irregularity; mistake; inaccuracy; something made wrong or left wrong; as, an error in writing or in printing; a clerical error. 3. A departing or deviation from the truth; falsity; false notion; wrong opinion; mistake; misapprehension. "H judgment was often in error, though his candor remained unimpaired." (Bancroft) 4. A moral offense; violation of duty; a sin or transgression; iniquity; fault. 5. The difference between the approximate result and the true result; used particularly in the rule of double position. 6. The difference between an observed value and the true value of a quantity. The difference between the observed value of a quantity and that which is taken or computed to be the true value; sometimes called residual error. 7. A mistake in the proceedings of a court of record in matters of law or of fact. 8. A fault of a player of the side in the field which results in failure to put out a player on the other side, or gives him an unearned base. Law of error, or Law of frequency of error, an original writ, which lies after judgment in an action at law, in a court of record, to correct some alleged error in the proceedings, or in the judgment of the court. Synonym: Mistake, fault, blunder, failure, fallacy, delusion, hallucination, sin. See Blunder. Origin: OF. Error, errur, F. Erreur, L. Error, fr. Errare to err. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Error

erroneous belief
erroneous projection
error (current term)
error-prone repair
error/mistake distinction
error bar
error catastrophe
error correction code
error function
error message
error messages
error of the first kind
error of the second kind

Literary usage of Error

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1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"Elliott Todd was convicted of homicide, and he brings error. Affirmed. ... Judgment for the State, and Swain brings error. Affirmed. ..."

2. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1904)
"Ignoring the impulse of the current upon the wire, also the sagging due to the wire's weight, required the amount of error in height or depth and in ..."

3. An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke (1894)
"3 error, according to Locke, is wrong The Recherche, with which Locke must judgment in ... It is on the nature and causes of error, in thus confined to the ..."

4. Institutes of Common and Statute Law by John Barbee Minor (1878)
"They are the writ of error coram vobis, (or nobis), and the writ of error generally. ... There are two kinds of writs of error, which must be carefully ..."

5. The Journal of Science (1873)
"We thus arrive at the meaning of the term average error, and can proceed easily to the determination of the mean risk ; and as the mean risk of positive ..."

6. Publishers Weekly by Publishers' Board of Trade (U.S.), Book Trade Association of Philadelphia, American Book Trade Union, Am. Book Trade Association, R.R. Bowker Company (1913)
"The five assignments allege in different language the same error, namely; that the court erred in ... (Brief of plaintiffs in error on motion to dismiss, p. ..."

7. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1888)
"This probable error is the gauge of variation in sensibility from day to day, ... Let me illustrate how the probable error measures the sensibility. ..."

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