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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. a defect or imperfection; flaw; failing.

  2. responsibility for failure or a wrongful act.

  3. an error or mistake.

  4. a misdeed or transgression.

  5. (in tennis, handball, etc.) a ball that when served does not land in the proper section of an opponent's court. a failure to serve the ball according to the rules, as from within a certain area.

    Category: Sport

  6. a break in the continuity of a body of rock or of a vein, with dislocation along the plane of the fracture

    Category: Geology, Mining

    Ref: ( fault plane ).

  7. Obs. lack; want.

  8. (v.i.)to commit a fault; blunder; err.

  9. Geol. to undergo faulting.

    Category: Geology

  10. (v.t.)to accuse of error; criticize.

Idioms for fault:

  1. at fault,open to censure; blameworthy.

    Category: Idiom

  2. find fault,to complain or be critical.

    Category: Idiom

  3. to a fault,to an extreme degree.

    Category: Idiom

* Syn: fault , foible , weakness , failing , vice refer to human shortcomings or imperfections. fault refers to any ordinary shortcoming; condemnation is not necessarily implied: Of his many faults the greatest is vanity. foible suggests a weak point that is slight and often amusing, manifesting itself in eccentricity rather than in wrongdoing: the foibles of an artist. weakness suggests that a person is unable to control a particular impulse or response, and gives way to it: a weakness for ice cream. failing is particularly applied to humanity at large, suggesting common, often venial, shortcomings: Procrastination is a common failing. vice is the strongest term and designates a habit that is detrimental, immoral, or evil: to succumb to the vice of compulsive gambling.

Origin of fault:

1250–1300; ME faute < AF, MF 蠐 L fallere to be wrong

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mistake, error, fault(noun)

    a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention

    "he made a bad mistake"; "she was quick to point out my errors"; "I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults"

  2. 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"

  3. demerit, fault(noun)

    the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection

    "they discussed the merits and demerits of her novel"; "he knew his own faults much better than she did"

  4. fault, faulting, geological fault, shift, fracture, break(noun)

    (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other

    "they built it right over a geological fault"; "he studied the faulting of the earth's crust"

  5. fault(noun)

    (electronics) equipment failure attributable to some defect in a circuit (loose connection or insulation failure or short circuit etc.)

    "it took much longer to find the fault than to fix it"

  6. fault(noun)

    responsibility for a bad situation or event

    "it was John's fault"

  7. fault(verb)

    (sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area)

    "he served too many double faults"

  8. blame, fault(verb)

    put or pin the blame on

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. fault(noun)ɔlt

    responsibility for sth bad

    It's not my fault!; If the work isn't done, it's your own fault.

  2. faultɔlt


    The company was at fault for not warning us.

  3. faultɔlt

    a weakness in sb's character; = flaw, shortcoming

    We all have our faults.

  4. faultɔlt

    a problem or negative quality; = defect

    The movie has a few faults.; a fault in the design; structural faults in the bridge

  5. faultɔlt

    a crack in the earth's crust where movement can happen

    earthquakes along the St. Andreas fault

  6. faultɔlt

    to look for reasons to criticize or blame sb

    It's easy to find fault with others.

  7. fault(verb)ɔlt

    to criticize sb

    I don't fault him for trying to help.


  1. fault(Noun)

    A defect; something that detracts from perfection.

  2. fault(Noun)

    A mistake or error.

  3. fault(Noun)

    A weakness of character.

  4. fault(Noun)

    A minor offense.

  5. fault(Noun)

    Blame; the responsibility for a mistake.

  6. fault(Noun)

    A fracture in a rock formation causing a discontinuity

  7. fault(Noun)

    An illegal serve.

  8. fault(Noun)

    An abnormal connection in a circuit.

  9. fault(Verb)

    To criticize, blame or find fault with something or someone.

  10. fault(Verb)

    To fracture.

  11. fault(Verb)

    To commit a mistake or error.

  12. fault(Verb)

    To undergo a page fault.

  13. Origin: From faute, from faulte, from faute, from *, from falsus, perfect passive participle of fallo. Displaced native schuld (from scyld), lac (from lak), last (from lǫstr).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Fault(noun)

    defect; want; lack; default

  2. Fault(noun)

    anything that fails, that is wanting, or that impairs excellence; a failing; a defect; a blemish

  3. Fault(noun)

    a moral failing; a defect or dereliction from duty; a deviation from propriety; an offense less serious than a crime

  4. Fault(noun)

    a dislocation of the strata of the vein

  5. Fault(noun)

    in coal seams, coal rendered worthless by impurities in the seam; as, slate fault, dirt fault, etc

  6. Fault(noun)

    a lost scent; act of losing the scent

  7. Fault(noun)

    failure to serve the ball into the proper court

  8. Fault(verb)

    to charge with a fault; to accuse; to find fault with; to blame

  9. Fault(verb)

    to interrupt the continuity of (rock strata) by displacement along a plane of fracture; -- chiefly used in the p. p.; as, the coal beds are badly faulted

  10. Fault(verb)

    to err; to blunder, to commit a fault; to do wrong


  1. Fault

    In document ISO/CD 10303-226, a fault is defined as an abnormal condition or defect at the component, equipment, or sub-system level which may lead to a failure. According to the Federal Standard 1037C of the United States, the term fault has the following meanings: ⁕An accidental condition that causes a functional unit to fail to perform its required function. ⁕A defect that causes a reproducible or catastrophic malfunction. A malfunction is considered reproducible if it occurs consistently under the same circumstances. ⁕In power systems, an unintentional short-circuit, or partial short-circuit, between energized conductors or between an energized conductor and ground. A distinction can be made between symmetric and asymmetric faults. Failures in hardware can be caused by random faults or systematic faults, but failures in software are always systematic.

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. FAULT

    About the only thing that is often found where it does not exist.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Fault' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3186

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Fault' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1609

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Fault' in Nouns Frequency: #1064

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