mistake, error, fault

(noun) a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention; “he made a bad mistake”; “she was quick to point out my errors”; “I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults”

error, misplay

(noun) (baseball) a failure of a defensive player to make an out when normal play would have sufficed

erroneousness, error

(noun) inadvertent incorrectness

error, wrongdoing

(noun) departure from what is ethically acceptable

error, erroneous belief

(noun) a misconception resulting from incorrect information

error, mistake

(noun) part of a statement that is not correct; “the book was full of errors”

error, computer error

(noun) (computer science) the occurrence of an incorrect result produced by a computer

Source: WordNet® 3.1



error (countable and uncountable, plural errors)

(uncountable) The state, quality, or condition of being wrong.

(countable) A mistake; an accidental wrong action or a false statement not made deliberately.

(countable, uncountable) Sin; transgression.

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

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

(baseball, countable) A play which is scored as having been made incorrectly.

(appellate legal, uncountable) One or more mistakes in a trial that could be grounds for review of the judgement.

Any alteration in the DNA chemical structure occurring during DNA replication, recombination or repairing.


• (state of being wrong): wrength

• (a mistake): blooper, blunder, boo-boo, defect, fault, faux pas, fluff, flub, fumble, gaffe, lapse, mistake, slip, stumble, thinko

• See also error


• absolute error

• compass error

• conjunctive error

• measurement error

• round-off error

• sampling error

• separative error

• spelling error

• syntax error

• typographical error

• unforced error


error (third-person singular simple present errors, present participle erroring, simple past and past participle errored)

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

(telecommunications) To show or contain an error or fault.

(nonstandard) To err.


• err

Source: Wiktionary

Er"ror, n. Etym: [OF. error, errur, F. erreur, L. error, fr. errare to err. See Err.]

1. A wandering; a roving or irregular course. [Obs.] 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. Herror, though his candor remained unimpaired. Bancroft.

4. A moral offense; violation of duty; a sin or transgression; iniquity; fault. Ps. xix. 12.

5. (Math.)

Definition: The difference between the approximate result and the true result; -- used particularly in the rule of double position.

6. (Mensuration) (a) The difference between an observed value and the true value of a quantity. (b) 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. (Law.)

Definition: A mistake in the proceedings of a court of record in matters of law or of fact.

8. (Baseball)

Definition: 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 (Mensuration), the law which expresses the relation between the magnitude of an error and the frequency with which that error will be committed in making a large number of careful measurements of a quantity.

– Probable error. (Mensuration) See under Probable.

– Writ of error (Law), 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. Bouvier. Burrill.


– Mistake; fault; blunder; failure; fallacy; delusion; hallucination; sin. See Blunder.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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