- a deviation from accuracy or correctness; a mistake, as in action or speech: His speech contained several factual errors.
- belief in something untrue; the holding of mistaken opinions.
- the condition of believing what is not true: in error about the date.
- a moral offense; wrongdoing; sin.
- Baseball. a misplay that enables a base runner to reach base safely or advance a base, or a batter to have a turn at bat prolonged, as the dropping of a ball batted in the air, the fumbling of a batted or thrown ball, or the throwing of a wild ball, but not including a passed ball or wild pitch.
- Mathematics. the difference between the observed or approximately determined value and the true value of a quantity.
- a mistake in a matter of fact or law in a case tried in a court of record.
- writ of error.
- Philately. a stamp distinguished by an error or errors in design, engraving, selection of inks, or setting up of the printing apparatus.Compare freak1(def 5), variety(def 8).
Origin of error
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Examples from the Web for error
The misidentification has since been corrected, and The Daily Beast regrets the error.Choking Back Tears, Thousands of Cops Honor Fallen Officer Ramos
December 28, 2014
Because of an error, there were more of the blue bottles than I could use in the years left me.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
He later apologized for the error, and ceded control of his Twitter handle to his company, Katalyst Media (although not for long).Ashton Kutcher’s History of Idiocy: Ubergate, Brownface, Joe Paterno, and More
November 20, 2014
Editor's Note: This story has been corrected, two quotes that appeared due to an editor's error have been removed.Commando Colonel Accused of Exposing his Lover to HIV
November 19, 2014
Through trial and error he began crafting different dishes—chicken, sautéed vegetables, and, of course, desserts.Meet the Julia Child of Weed
November 13, 2014
Did all the error and sorrow of her life pass distinctly before her?Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
I fear you may be led unwittingly into error by your associates.Life in London
Error in speculative doctrine not impious - nor knowledge pious.A Theological-Political Treatise [Part III]
Benedict of Spinoza
It is natural to goodness and innocence, but not the less is the error a disastrous one.
There was nothing in her behaviour to indicate a consciousness of error from her sphere.
- a mistake or inaccuracy, as in action or speecha typing error
- an incorrect belief or wrong judgment
- the condition of deviating from accuracy or correctness, as in belief, action, or speechhe was in error about the train times
- deviation from a moral standard; wrongdoinghe saw the error of his ways
- maths statistics a measure of the difference between some quantity and an approximation to or estimate of it, often expressed as a percentagean error of 5%
- statistics See type I error, type II error
Word Origin and History for error
also, through 18c., errour, c.1300, from Old French error "mistake, flaw, defect, heresy," from Latin errorem (nominative error) "a wandering, straying, mistake," from errare "to wander" (see err).
Words for "error" in most Indo-European languages originally meant "wander, go astray" (but cf. Irish dearmad "error," from dermat "a forgetting").
- A defect or insufficiency in structure or function.
- An act, assertion, or decision, especially one made in testing a hypothesis, that unintentionally deviates from what is correct, right, or true.
Idioms and Phrases with error
see comedy of errors; trial and error.