the rate or range of occurrence or influence of something, especially of something unwanted: the high incidence of heart disease in men over 40.
a falling upon, affecting, or befalling; occurrence: The incidence of murder that Sunday afternoon shocked the sleepy village.
the striking of a ray of light, beam of electrons, etc., on a surface, or the direction of striking.
the fact or the manner of being incident.
Geometry. partial coincidence of two figures, as of a line and a plane containing it.
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How to use incidence in a sentence
The differences in overall victimization are driven mainly by the incidences of completed rape.College Girls Are Less Likely to Be Raped Than Non-Students | Brandy Zadrozny | December 11, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Incidences of gay men being hanged in public have been graphically reported upon.
It not only motivates parents to concede to the practice, but also not to report incidences when medical issues arise.Why Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Babies Keep Getting Herpes | Emily Shire | July 29, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The Clery numbers reflect incidences reported to UNLV police, but that doesn't mean they haven't come forward to other groups.
Such contemporaneous incidences never express a chance, but always a latent necessity.mile Verhaeren | Stefan Zweig
Without the presence of both of these conditions, or conditioning incidences, there can be no life-manifestation anywhere.Life: Its True Genesis | R. W. Wright
In this dim twilight of conjecture the searcher welcomes every gleam, and seeks to augment his light by indirect incidences.Fragments of science, V. 1-2 | John Tyndall
To obviate this disturbance it is best to work at incidences as nearly as possible perpendicular.
The effect of this was to minimize digging and somewhat spread the incidences of the weight.
British Dictionary definitions for incidence
degree, extent, or frequency of occurrence; amount: a high incidence of death from pneumonia
the act or manner of impinging on or affecting by proximity or influence
physics the arrival of a beam of light or particles at a surface: See also angle of incidence
geometry the partial coincidence of two configurations, such as a point that lies on a circle
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