What does default mean?

Definitions for defaultdɪˈfɔlt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word default.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. default(noun)

    loss due to not showing up

    "he lost the game by default"

  2. default, nonpayment, nonremittal(noun)

    act of failing to meet a financial obligation

  3. nonpayment, default, nonremittal(noun)

    loss resulting from failure of a debt to be paid

  4. default option, default(verb)

    an option that is selected automatically unless an alternative is specified

  5. default, default on(verb)

    fail to pay up


  1. default(Noun)

    The condition of failing to meet an obligation.

  2. default(Noun)

    the original software programming settings as set by the factory

  3. default(Noun)

    A loss incurred by failing to compete.

    The team's three losses include one default.

  4. default(Noun)

    A selection made in the absence of an alternative.

    The man became the leader of the group as a default.

  5. default(Noun)

    A value used when none has been given; a tentative value or standard that is presumed.

    If you don't specify a number of items, the default is 1.

  6. default(Noun)

    The failure of a defendant to appear and answer a summons and complaint.

  7. default(Verb)

    To fail to meet an obligation.

    If you do not make your payments, you will default on your loan.

  8. default(Verb)

    To lose a competition by failing to compete.

    If you refuse to wear a proper uniform, you will not be allowed to compete and will default this match.

  9. default(Verb)

    To assume a value when none was given; to presume a tentative value or standard.

    If you don't specify a number of items, it defaults to 1.

  10. default(Verb)

    To fail to appear and answer a summons and complaint.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Default(noun)

    a failing or failure; omission of that which ought to be done; neglect to do what duty or law requires; as, this evil has happened through the governor's default

  2. Default(noun)

    fault; offense; ill deed; wrong act; failure in virtue or wisdom

  3. Default(noun)

    a neglect of, or failure to take, some step necessary to secure the benefit of law, as a failure to appear in court at a day assigned, especially of the defendant in a suit when called to make answer; also of jurors, witnesses, etc

  4. Default(verb)

    to fail in duty; to offend

  5. Default(verb)

    to fail in fulfilling a contract, agreement, or duty

  6. Default(verb)

    to fail to appear in court; to let a case go by default

  7. Default(verb)

    to fail to perform or pay; to be guilty of neglect of; to omit; as, to default a dividend

  8. Default(verb)

    to call a defendant or other party whose duty it is to be present in court, and make entry of his default, if he fails to appear; to enter a default against

  9. Default(verb)

    to leave out of account; to omit

  10. Origin: [OE. defaute, OF. defaute, defalte, fem., F. dfaut, masc., LL. defalta, fr. a verb meaning, to be deficient, to want, fail, fr. L. de- + fallere to deceive. See Fault.]


  1. Default

    Default is a Canadian post-grunge band from Vancouver, British Columbia. Since forming in 1999 they have released four albums, and have sold more than a million records. The majority of their fan base is in Canada, but they gained popularity in the United States for their hit singles "Wasting My Time" and "Deny".

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Default

    de-fawlt′, n. a fault, failing, or failure: defect: neglect to do what duty or law requires: failure to account for money entrusted to one's charge: offence.—v.i. to fail through neglect of duty: to fail to appear in court when called upon.—n. Default′er, one who fails to appear in court, or to account for money entrusted to his care, or to settle a debt of honour.—Judgment by default, judgment given against a person because he fails to plead or make an appearance in court. [O. Fr. defaute and defaultde = L. dis, apart, and faute.]

Editors Contribution

  1. default

    The original software program instruction, rule or setting set by the creator or manufacturer of a specific device, software or type of technology.

    Sometimes with computer programs, computerized devices or mobile phone some people need to put the device onto the default setting.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'default' in Nouns Frequency: #2941


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of default in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of default in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Sergei Strigo:

    Is there a significant increase in credit risk and default risk? We think - not yet, but the uncertainty is so high that credit metrics don't matter anymore.

  2. J. K. Rowling:

    It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might has well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    Surrounding people whom a person likes is not really getting ones who he is like character wise as individuals of same nature befriend by default and not by design of own choice.

  4. David Nutt:

    We know that a number of mental illnesses, such as OCD and depression, are associated with excessive connectivity of the brain, and the default mode network becomes over-connected.

  5. Anuj Somany:

    Surrounding people whom a person likes is not really getting ones who he or she is like character wise, as individuals of same nature befriend by default and not by design of own choice.

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Translations for default

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • الافتراArabic
  • стойност по подразбиране, неизпълнение, неустойкаBulgarian
  • selháníCzech
  • standardDanish
  • Zahlungseinstellung, Grundzustand, Leistungsstörung, Nichterscheinen, Säumnis, Nichtzahlung, Versäumnis, Fristversäumnis, Zahlungsverzug, StandardGerman
  • προεπιλογήGreek
  • defecto, por defecto, moraSpanish
  • oletusFinnish
  • défautFrench
  • սկզբնադիրArmenian
  • predefinitoItalian
  • niet-nakomingDutch
  • wartość domyślnaPolish
  • inadimplênciaPortuguese
  • значение по умолчанию, неплатёж, дефолтRussian
  • standardalternativ, standard, standardval, standardinställningarSwedish
  • mặc địnhVietnamese
  • 默認Chinese

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