- 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 errorless
Remember, I have no hope of finding a solution in an errorless human being.
He should at once begin to cancel and prove by checking that errorless cancellation always gives the right answer.The Psychology of Arithmetic
Edward L. Thorndike
Paramount among agitators as I think Mazzini, it is a duty to admit that he was not errorless.Bygones Worth Remembering, Vol. 1 (of 2)
George Jacob Holyoake
It knows simply what is there, and brings out the positive creature, errorless, unquestionable.Modern Painters Vol. III.
We will 'ostensibly work at the task of developing an errorless man', is the way I believe you put it.
- 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 errorless
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 errorless
see comedy of errors; trial and error.