What does fault mean?

Definitions for fault
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Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. 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"

  3. demerit, faultnoun

    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, 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"

  5. faultnoun

    (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. faultnoun

    responsibility for a bad situation or event

    "it was John's fault"

  7. faultverb

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

    "he served too many double faults"

  8. blame, faultverb

    put or pin the blame on

Wiktionary

  1. faultnoun

    A defect; something that detracts from perfection.

    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).

  2. faultnoun

    A mistake or error.

    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).

  3. faultnoun

    A weakness of character.

    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).

  4. faultnoun

    A minor offense.

    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).

  5. faultnoun

    Blame; the responsibility for a mistake.

    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).

  6. faultnoun

    A fracture in a rock formation causing a discontinuity

    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).

  7. faultnoun

    An illegal serve.

    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).

  8. faultnoun

    An abnormal connection in a circuit.

    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).

  9. faultverb

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

    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).

  10. faultverb

    To fracture.

    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).

  11. faultverb

    To commit a mistake or error.

    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).

  12. faultverb

    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).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Faultnoun

    defect; want; lack; default

  2. Faultnoun

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

  3. Faultnoun

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

  4. Faultnoun

    a dislocation of the strata of the vein

  5. Faultnoun

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

  6. Faultnoun

    a lost scent; act of losing the scent

  7. Faultnoun

    failure to serve the ball into the proper court

  8. Faultverb

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

  9. Faultverb

    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. Faultverb

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

Freebase

  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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Fault

    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

  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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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of fault in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of fault in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of fault in a Sentence

  1. Julius Caesar:

    He bestows the world like a colossus, and we petty men walk under his huge legs, to peep about, and find ourselves dishonorable graves. The fault dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.

  2. William Shakespeare, "Timon of Athens", Act 3 scene 1:

    Every man has his fault, and honesty is his.

  3. Donald Trump:

    You people just keep putting her back again, and again, and again, it's your fault.

  4. Don Lemon:

    And it’s not that the Republicans are doing this and that. They’re better at the messaging than you are! That’s what it is! It’s not the Republicans’ fault, it’s your fault. You have yourself to blame, Democrats. Get it together.

  5. Andy Murray:

    When I was 25, it's quite easy, after a couple of weeks of practice, it's quicker to get going whereas now it takes a little bit longer, i've made quite big changes to the way I train off the court as well. But the weight and things like that, that's my fault. I've never had that in my career before.

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