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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
er•ror /ˈɛrɚ/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. a mistake;
    inaccuracy:[countable]made several errors in addition.
  2. the condition of being wrong:[uncountable]I was in error about the date of the party.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
er•ror  (erər),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a deviation from accuracy or correctness;
    a mistake, as in action or speech:His speech contained several factual errors.
  2. belief in something untrue;
    the holding of mistaken opinions.
  3. the condition of believing what is not true:in error about the date.
  4. a moral offense;
    wrongdoing;
    sin.
  5. Sport[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.
  6. Mathematicsthe difference between the observed or approximately determined value and the true value of a quantity.
  7. Law
    • Lawa mistake in a matter of fact or law in a case tried in a court of record.
    • LawSee  writ of error. 
  8. Stamps[Philately.]a stamp distinguished by an error or errors in design, engraving, selection of inks, or setting up of the printing apparatus. Cf. freak1 (def. 5), variety (def. 8).
error•less, adj. 
error•less•ly, adv. 
  • Latin errōr- (stem of error), equivalent. to err- err + -or -or1
  • Middle English errour 1250–1300
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged blunder, slip, oversight. See  mistake. 
    • 4.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fault, transgression, trespass, misdeed.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
error /ˈɛrə/ n
  1. a mistake or inaccuracy, as in action or speech
  2. an incorrect belief or wrong judgment
  3. the condition of deviating from accuracy or correctness, as in belief, action, or speech
  4. deviation from a moral standard; wrongdoing
  5. a measure of the difference between some quantity and an approximation to or estimate of it, often expressed as a percentage
Etymology: 13th Century: from Latin, from errāre to err

ˌerror-ˈfree adj
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Collocations: an error message [appeared, popped up], I keep getting an error message, spend time on error correction, more...

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