- Incidental In`ci*den"tal, a.
Happening, as an occasional event, without regularity; coming
without design; casual; accidental; hence, not of prime
concern; subordinate; collateral; as, an incidental
conversation; an incidental occurrence; incidental expenses.
I treat either or incidentally of colors. --Boyle. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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incidentally — is spelt this way and not (as the pronunciation in rapid speech might suggest) incidently. Its usual role is as a sentence adverb marking a new stage in speech (or sometimes writing) and it does not always carry its full weight of meaning ‘as an… … Modern English usage
incidentally — (adv.) 1520s, by the way, casually; see INCIDENTAL (Cf. incidental) + LY (Cf. ly) (2). Sense of as a new but related point attested by 1925 … Etymology dictionary
incidentally — [adv] by chance accidentally, as a by product, as side effect, by the bye*, by the way, casually, fortuitously, in passing, in related manner, not by design, obiter, parenthetically, remotely, subordinately, unexpectedly; concept 544 Ant.… … New thesaurus
incidentally — ► ADVERB 1) by the way. 2) in an incidental manner … English terms dictionary
incidentally — [in΄sə dent′ l ē, in΄sədent′lē] adv. 1. in an incidental manner; as something less important but associated 2. as a new but related point; by the way … English World dictionary
incidentally — [[t]ɪ̱nsɪde̱ntli[/t]] 1) ADV: ADV with cl You use incidentally to introduce a point which is not directly relevant to what you are saying, often a question or extra information that you have just thought of. I didn t ask you to come. Incidentally … English dictionary
incidentally — in|ci|den|tal|ly S3 [ˌınsıˈdentəli] adv 1.) [sentence adverb] used to add more information to what you have just said, or to introduce a new subject that you have just thought of = ↑by the way ▪ Incidentally, where were you born? ▪ The wine,… … Dictionary of contemporary English
incidentally — in|ci|den|tal|ly [ ,ınsı dentli ] adverb * 1. ) used for adding related but less important information to what has just been said, or for suddenly introducing a new subject: His name, incidentally, was misspelled in the credits of the first two… … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English
incidentally */ — UK [ˌɪnsɪˈdent(ə)lɪ] / US adverb 1) used for adding related but less important information to what has just been said, or for suddenly introducing a new subject His name, incidentally, was misspelt in the credits of the first two Star Wars movies … English dictionary
incidentally — adverb Date: 1665 1. in an incidental manner ; not intentionally < the arrant nonsense of some of his statements is incidentally hilarious John Lahr > 2. by way of interjection or digression ; by the way < fortunate in having a good teacher…… … New Collegiate Dictionary
incidentally — adverb a) In an incidental manner; not of central or critical importance. The book discussed the subject, but only incidentally. b) By chance; in an unplanned way. Incidentally, did you hear anything new from your brother yesterday? … Wiktionary