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Definitions of defect

  1. To injure; to damage. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To fail; to become deficient. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. an imperfection in a bodily system; "visual defects"; "this device permits detection of defects in the lungs" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Want or absence of something necessary for completeness or perfection; deficiency; - opposed to superfluity. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Moral or physical imperfection; fault; error; lack of something necessary to complete; want. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Deficiency; blemish; fault. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  8. Lack of something essential; imperfectiom; blemish; failing; fault. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  9. Deficiency; want; imperfection; fault; blemish; error. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  10. Deficiency; want of something necessary; fault; an imperfection; blemish; deformity. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for defect

  1. A crime is, in the first instance, a defect of reasoning powers. – Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac
  2. Experience had shown that its main defect was the doctrine of State sovereignty. – George Brown by John Lewis
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