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serendipity (noun) discoveries made by accident.
Serendipity is the accidental discovery of something very valuable or important. Newton's discovery of the law of gravitation was a result of serendipity. The accidental fall of the apple made him discover the law of gravitation. Such discoveries, merely by accident and not as a result of serious study are the results of serendipity. Serendipity is also the fact of something interesting or very pleasant happening by chance. Your tripping over a bag of gold, all by chance is an example of serendipity.
- James Watt's discovery of the steam engine is one of the many cases of serendipity in the history of scientific discoveries. His understanding of the power of steam resulted accidentally, while watching water boiling.
- Aladdin finding the powers of the wonderful lamp is an example of serendipity. He just happened to rub it, and there appeared before him the genie of the lamp asking him what he wanted.