|Origin:||errour, from Latin error, from errare; ERR|
er‧ror S2 W2
1 [uncountable and countable]
There must be an error in our calculations.
make/commit an error
The government has committed a serious error.
I realized I had made a fatal error.
computer/driver etc error
The bill was sent to the wrong person because of a computer error.
The accident was caused by human error (=a mistake by a person).
a mistake when you are working on a computer, which means that the computer program cannot do what you want it to do:
An error message.
a mistake in the way that you examine a situation and decide what to do:
The decision to expand the company was an error of judgement.
to have made a mistake, especially when making an official decision:
The doctor has admitted that he was in error.
if you do something in error, you do it by mistake:
The wrong man was arrested in error.
to realize that you have been behaving badly and decide to stop
➔ trial and errorat trial1 (4)WORD FOCUS: computer
people who work with computers: user, programmer, web designer, IT person, software engineer, (systems) analyst, administrator, webmaster, helpdesk, techie informal, geek disapproving informal
someone who tries to break into a computer system: hacker, cracker
things you do with your computer: start up/power up your computer
open a file or document
click on an icon
cut and paste pieces of text
copy files or programs
scroll up and down the page
delete things you do not want
download files or pictures from the Internet
burn CDs or DVDs
close a file or document
save your work
shut down your computer
computer problems: bug, virus, error, corrupted file/data, crash, wormcomputer
➔ See also computer