Definitions for Defectˈdi fɛkt, dɪˈfɛkt; dɪˈfɛkt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•fect*ˈdi fɛkt, dɪˈfɛkt; dɪˈfɛkt(n.; v.)

  1. a fault or shortcoming; imperfection.

  2. lack of something essential:

    a defect in hearing.

  3. (v.i.)to desert a cause, country, etc.:

    to defect to the West.

* Syn: defect , blemish , flaw refer to faults, both literal and figurative, that detract from perfection. defect is the general word for any kind of shortcoming, imperfection, or deficiency, whether hidden or visible: a birth defect; a defect in a plan. A blemish is usu. a surface defect that mars the appearance; it is also used of a moral fault: a skin blemish; a blemish on his reputation. A flaw is usu. a structural defect or weakness that mars the quality or effectiveness: a flaw in a diamond.

Origin of defect:

1375–1425; late ME < L dēfectus failure, weakness, der. of dēficere to run short, fail, weaken (see deficient )

Princeton's WordNet

  1. defect(noun)

    an imperfection in a bodily system

    "visual defects"; "this device permits detection of defects in the lungs"

  2. defect, shortcoming(noun)

    a failing or deficiency

    "that interpretation is an unfortunate defect of our lack of information"

  3. defect, fault, flaw(noun)

    an imperfection in an object or machine

    "a flaw caused the crystal to shatter"; "if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer"

  4. blemish, defect, mar(verb)

    a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)

    "a facial blemish"

  5. defect, desert(verb)

    desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army

    "If soldiers deserted Hitler's army, they were shot"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. defect(noun)ˈdi fɛkt, dɪˈfɛkt; v. dɪˈfɛkt

    a fault or imperfection

    a defect in the fabric; a character defect; defective parts


  1. defect(Noun)

    A fault or malfunction.

  2. defect(Verb)

    To abandon or turn against; to cease or change one's loyalty.

  3. Origin: From defaicte, from defectus, from deficere, from past participle defectus, from de- + facere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defect(noun)

    want or absence of something necessary for completeness or perfection; deficiency; -- opposed to superfluity

  2. Defect(noun)

    failing; fault; imperfection, whether physical or moral; blemish; as, a defect in the ear or eye; a defect in timber or iron; a defect of memory or judgment

  3. Defect(verb)

    to fail; to become deficient

  4. Defect(verb)

    to injure; to damage

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Defect' in Nouns Frequency: #2272

Translations for Defect

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a fault or flaw

It was a basic defect in her character; a defect in the china.

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