incident

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compositions not defining idea or incident but being solely rhythmic or melodic absolute music
measure of the rate of decrease in the intensity of electromagnetic radiation (as light) as it passes through a given substance; the fraction of incident radiant energy absorbed per unit mass or thickness of an absorber absorptance , absorption coefficient , coefficient of absorption
(physics) the process in which incident radiated energy is retained without reflection or transmission on passing through a medium absorption
(physics) the property of a body that determines the fraction of the incident radiation or sound flux absorbed or absorbable by the body absorption factor , absorptivity
ratio of reflected to incident light albedo , reflective power
story of humorous or interesting incident, short anecdote
short account of an incident (especially a biographical one) anecdote
emotional injury inflicted on an infant by events incident to birth that is alleged to appear in symbolic form in patients with mental illness birth trauma
United States railroad engineer who died trying to stop his train from crashing into another train; a friend wrote a famous ballad describing the incident (1864-1900) Casey Jones , John Luther Jones , Jones
incident that attracts great public attention cause celebre
comic incident or series of incidents clowning , comedy , drollery , funniness
incident in which an infectious disease is transmitted contagion , infection , transmission
specialist in the systematic recording and analysis of the costs incident to production cost accountant
disjointed, separated by incident episodic
account of an amusing incident (usually with a punch line) funny , funny remark , funny story , good story
luminous flux incident on a unit area illuminance , illumination
now obsolete picture pickup tube in a television camera; electrons emitted from a photoemissive surface in proportion to the intensity of the incident light are focused onto the target causing secondary emission of electrons image orthicon , orthicon
incident solar radiation insolation
person who is responsible for the deaths of many victims in a single incident mass murderer
emotional episode (usually in young children) in which the person awakens in terror with feelings of anxiety and fear but is unable to remember any incident that might have provoked those feelings night terror
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