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Definitions for defect
ˈdi fɛkt, dɪˈfɛkt; dɪˈfɛktde·fect

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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"

GCIDE

  1. Defect(v. i.)

    to abandon one country or faction, and join another.

Wiktionary

  1. defect(Noun)

    A fault or malfunction.

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

  2. defect(Verb)

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

    Etymology: 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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Defect

    de-fekt′, n. a deficiency: a want: imperfection: blemish: fault.—n. Defectibil′ity.—adj. Defect′ible, liable to imperfection: deficient.—ns. Defec′tion, a failure, a falling away from duty: revolt; Defec′tionist.—adj. Defec′tive, having defect: wanting in some necessary quality: imperfect: faulty: insufficient.—adv. Defect′ively.—n. Defect′iveness.—The defects of one's qualities, virtues carried to excess, the faults apt to accompany or flow from good qualities. [L. deficĕre, defectum, to fail—de, down, and facĕre, to do.]

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

How to pronounce defect?

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How to say defect in sign language?

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of defect in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of defect in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of defect in a Sentence

  1. John Jay Chapman:

    The men and woman who make the best boon companions seem to have given up hope of doing something else...some defect of talent or opportunity has cut them off from their pet ambition and has thus left them with leisure to take an interest in their lives of others. Your ambition may be, it makes him keep his thoughts at home. But the heartbroken people -- if I may use the word in a mild, benevolent sense -- the people whose wills are subdued to fate, give us consolation, recognition, and welcome.

  2. Charles Babbage:

    Propose to any englishman any principle, or any instrument, however admirable, and you will observe that the whole effort of the english mind is directed to find a difficulty, defect or an impossibility in it.

  3. Michael Innis-Jiménez:

    The United States has a long history of limiting or outright excluding people based on what the government deemed undesirable, this undesirability was based on race, nationality or any number of reasons the government classified as a' defect.' These were the people who could not enter The United States legally.

  4. Mark Rosekind:

    I got a couple years, max, the defect recall system - we just got to address that.

  5. Richard Blumenthal:

    I am deeply concerned that these vintage aircraft, decades old, some of them having been involved in crashes before, are still flying, until we know exactly what caused this crash, a major tragedy, whether it was a defect in the machine or some problem with maintenance or flying. There should be very serious scrutiny over these planes before theyre allowed back in the air.

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