Definitions for fault
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word fault.
mistake, error, faultnoun
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"
defect, fault, flawnoun
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"
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"
fault, faulting, geological fault, shift, fracture, breaknoun
(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"
(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"
responsibility for a bad situation or event
"it was John's fault"
(sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area)
"he served too many double faults"
put or pin the blame on
A defect; something that detracts from perfection.
A mistake or error.
A weakness of character.
A minor offense.
Blame; the responsibility for a mistake.
A fracture in a rock formation causing a discontinuity
An illegal serve.
An abnormal connection in a circuit.
To criticize, blame or find fault with something or someone.
To commit a mistake or error.
To undergo a page fault.
Etymology: 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).
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Etymology: faut, faute, Fr. faltar, to be deficient, Spanish.
The prophet chuseth rather to charge them with the fault of making a law unto themselves, than the crime of transgressing a law which God had made. Richard Hooker, b. iii. s. 6.
He finds no fault with their opinion about the true God, but only that it was not clear and distinct enough. Edward Stillingfleet.
He that but conceives a crime in thought,
Contracts the danger of an actual fault:
Then what must he expect that still proceeds
To commit sin, and work up thoughts to deeds. Dryden.
If you like not my poem, the fault may possibly be in my writing; but more probably ’tis in your morals, which cannot bear the truth of it. Dryden.
They wholly mistake the nature of criticism, who think its business is principally to find fault. Dryden.
To be desirous of a good name, and careful to do every thing, that we innocently may, to obtain it, is so far from being a fault, even in private persons, that it is their great and indispensible duty. Francis Atterbury, Sermons.
Before his sacred name flies ev’ry fault,
And each exalted stanza teems with thought. Alexander Pope.
Which of our thrum-cap’d ancestors found fault,
For want of sugar-tongs or spoons for salt? King.
Being void of all friendship and enmity, they never complain, nor find fault with the times. Jonathan Swift.
I could tell to thee, as to one it pleases me, for fault of a better, to call my friend, I could be sad, and sad indeed too. William Shakespeare, Henry IV. p. ii.
There is no straw given unto thy servants, and they say unto us, make brick; and behold, thy servants are beaten; but the fault is in thine own people. Ex. v. 16.
To charge with a fault; to accuse.
For that I will not fault thee,
But for humbleness exalt thee. Old Song.
To be wrong; to fail.
Etymology: from the noun.
Which moved him rather in eclogues than otherwise to write, minding to furnish our tongue in this kind wherein it faulteth. Edmund Spenser.
A fault is a flaw, imperfection, defect, or deficiency. In geology, it refers to a fracture or discontinuity in the Earth's crust where significant displacement has occurred. In the field of technology, a fault may refer to a malfunction or error in a system or device. The term can be used in various contexts to denote a failure or breakdown.
defect; want; lack; default
anything that fails, that is wanting, or that impairs excellence; a failing; a defect; a blemish
a moral failing; a defect or dereliction from duty; a deviation from propriety; an offense less serious than a crime
a dislocation of the strata of the vein
in coal seams, coal rendered worthless by impurities in the seam; as, slate fault, dirt fault, etc
a lost scent; act of losing the scent
failure to serve the ball into the proper court
to charge with a fault; to accuse; to find fault with; to blame
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
to err; to blunder, to commit a fault; to do wrong
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
fawlt, n. a failing: error: blemish: imperfection: a slight offence: (geol., min.) a displacement of strata or veins: (tennis) a stroke in which the player fails to serve the ball into the proper place.—adj. Fault′ful (Shak.), full of faults or crimes.—adv. Fault′ily.—n. Fault′iness.—adj. Fault′less, without fault or defect.—adv. Fault′lessly.—n. Fault′lessness.—adj. Fault′y, imperfect, defective: guilty of a fault: blamable.—At fault, open to blame: (of dogs) unable to find the scent; Find fault (with), to censure for some defect. [O. Fr. faute, falte—L. fallĕre, to deceive.]
The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz
About the only thing that is often found where it does not exist.
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'fault' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3186
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'fault' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1609
Rank popularity for the word 'fault' in Nouns Frequency: #1064
The numerical value of fault in Chaldean Numerology is: 4
The numerical value of fault in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6
This is not Trump's fault or Republicans' fault, it is the left's fault for derailing the whole country and taking our focus off of what we should have been focusing on, which is this China problem.
I think that one is the one where we were most out on front, we were doing a really good job, but what happened with the Russia hoax, it destroyed us, this is not Trump's fault or Republicans' fault, it is the left's fault for derailing the whole country and taking our focus off of what we should have been focusing on, which is this China problem.
Because the fault zone is so quiet seismically, we really don’t have a good picture of where the part of the fault that generates the big earthquakes is located. At other subduction zones, there are many small earthquakes recorded along the megathrust fault that scientists can use to locate the fault and study its properties, but not at Cascadia.
Find fault when you must find fault in private, and if possible sometime after the offense, rather than at the time.
If the future generation has a difficult life, if they engage in war or commit crime, it's not their fault, it's our fault because we fail to educate them. So responsibility resides on me, on us, to educate them in proper ways.
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Translations for fault
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- خلل, خطأ, زمبArabic
- хата, ғәйепBashkir
- дефект, недостатък, простъпка, вина, грешкаBulgarian
- errada, defecte, falta, error, falla, culpaCatalan, Valencian
- zlom, chybaCzech
- Fehler, SchuldGerman
- falla, falta, defecto, culpaSpanish
- faute, faille, défautFrench
- coire, cronScottish Gaelic
- פגם, כשל, טעות, משגה, עברה, אשמהHebrew
- ग़लती, खोट, क़सूरHindi
- colpa, fessura, faglia, sbaglio, imperfezione, crepa, frattura, biasimoItalian
- 欠陥, 断層, 欠点, せい, 誤りJapanese
- vaina, kļudaLatvian
- breuk, beschuldigenDutch
- skyld, forkastningNorwegian
- uskok, wina, wadaPolish
- falha, defeito, culpaPortuguese
- greșeală, culpă, hibă, vinăRomanian
- ошибка, изъян, вина, дефектRussian
- greška, grješka, грјешка, krivnja, расјед, кривња, грешка, mana, мана, rasjedSerbo-Croatian
- gabim, fajAlbanian
- fel, skuld, förkastningSwedish
- yanlış, hataTurkish
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