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Meaning of error by Wiktionary Dictionary


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    From Middle English errour, from Latin error ( “wandering about” ), infinitive of errō ( “to wander, to err” ). Cognate with Gothic ( airzei, “error” ), Gothic ( airzjan, “to lead astray” ). More at err .



    error ( countable and uncountable; plural: errors )

    1. ( uncountable ) The state, quality, or condition of being wrong.
    2. ( countable ) A mistake; an accidental wrong action or a false statement not made deliberately.
    3. ( computing, countable ) A failure to complete a task, usually involving a premature termination .
    4. ( statistics, countable ) The difference between a measured or calculated value and a true one .
    5. ( baseball, countable ) A play which is scored as having been made incorrectly .
    6. ( appellate law, uncountable ) One or more mistakes in a trial that could be grounds for review of the judgement .


    • ( 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 Wikisaurus:error


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

    1. ( computing ) To function improperly due to an error, especially accompanied by error message .
      The web-page took a long time to load and errored out .
      Remove that line of code and the script should stop erroring there .
      This directory errors with a "Permission denied" message .
    2. ( telecommunications ) To show or contain an error or fault .
      The block transmission errored near the start and could not be received .
    3. ( nonstandard ) To err.


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Explanation of error by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention

    2. she was quick to point out my errors
    3. a failure of a defensive player to make an out when normal play would have sufficed

    4. inadvertent incorrectness

    5. departure from what is ethically acceptable

    6. a misconception resulting from incorrect information

    7. part of a statement that is not correct

    8. the book was full of errors
    9. the occurrence of an incorrect result produced by a computer