|1.||Falling or striking upon, as a ray of light upon a reflecting surface.|
|2.||Coming or happening accidentally; not in the usual course of things; not in connection with the main design; not according to expectation; casual; fortuitous.|
|3.||Liable to happen; apt to occur; befalling; hence, naturally happening or appertaining.|
|4.||(Law) Dependent upon, or appertaining to, another thing, called the principal.|
|n.||1.||That which falls out or takes place; an event; casualty; occurrence.|
|2.||That which happens aside from the main design; an accidental or subordinate action or event.|
|3.||(Law) Something appertaining to, passing with, or depending on, another, called the principal.|
INCIDENT. A thing depending upon, appertaining to, or following another,
called the principal.
2. The power of punishing for contempt is incident to a court of
record; rent is incident to a reversion; distress to rent; estovers of woods
to a tenancy for a life or years. 1 Inst. 151; Noy's Max. n. 13; Vin. Ab.
h.. t.; Dane's Ab. h.t.; Com. Dig. h.t., and the references there; Bro.
Ab. h.t.; Roll's Ab. 75.
, falling action
, local color
, matter of fact
, rising action
, secondary plot
, thematic development
, turn of events