1 blow, calamity, casualty, chance, collision, crash, disaster, misadventure, mischance, misfortune, mishap, pile-up (informal)
2 chance, fate, fluke, fortuity, fortune, hazard, luck
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accident ( accidents plural )
1 n-count An accident happens when a vehicle hits a person, an object, or another vehicle, causing injury or damage.
She was involved in a serious car accident last week..., Six passengers were killed in the accident.
2 n-count If someone has an accident, something unpleasant happens to them that was not intended, sometimes causing injury or death.
5,000 people die every year because of accidents in the home..., The police say the killing of the young man was an accident.
3 n-var If something happens byaccident, it happens completely by chance. usu by N
(=chance) She discovered the problem by accident...
accident and emergency
The accident and emergency is the room or department in a hospital where people who have severe injuries or sudden illness are taken for emergency treatment. The abbreviation A & E is also used.
(=A & E, casualty)
in AM, use emergency room
accident prone , accident-prone
If you describe someone or something as accident prone, you mean that a lot of accidents or other unpleasant things happen to them. adj
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