[syn: incidentally, accidentally]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
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.
By some, religious duties . . . appear to be regarded .
. . as an incidental business. --Rogers.
Syn: Accidental; casual; fortuitous; contingent; chance;
collateral. See Accidental. -- In`ci*den"tal*ly,
adv. -- In`ci*den"tal*ness, n.
I treat either or incidentally of colors. --Boyle.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adv 1: introducing a different topic; in point of fact;
"incidentally, I won't go to the party" [syn: by the
way, by the bye, incidentally, apropos]
2: of a minor or subordinate nature; "these magnificent
achievements were only incidentally influenced by Oriental
models" [syn: incidentally, accidentally]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
26 Moby Thesaurus words for "incidentally":
a propos, accidentally, apropos, apropos of, as it chanced,
by a fluke, by accident, by chance, by good fortune, by hazard,
by the by, by the way, casually, en passant, for example,
for some reason, fortuitously, in passing, in some way,
par exemple, parenthetically, perchance, somehow, somehow or other,
speaking of, unpredictably