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Definitions of defect

  1. a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body); "a facial blemish" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. a failing or deficiency; "that interpretation is an unfortunate defect of our lack of information" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. an imperfection in a bodily system; "visual defects"; "this device permits detection of defects in the lungs" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. an imperfection in a device or machine; "if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. 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
  7. To fail; to become deficient. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. To injure; to damage. Webster Dictionary DB
  9. Want or absence of something necessary for completeness or perfection; deficiency; - opposed to superfluity. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. 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.
  11. Deficiency; blemish; fault. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  12. Lack of something essential; imperfectiom; blemish; failing; fault. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. Deficiency; want; imperfection; fault; blemish; error. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  14. 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.
  15. Want or absence of something necessary for completeness or perfection; deficiency; -- opposed to superfluity. mso.anu.edu.au
  16. 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. defic[)e]re, defectum, to fail--de, down, and fac[)e]re, to do.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  17. Lack of something essential to completeness; shortcoming, failing, (has the dd. of his qualities, the particular ones that often accompany his particular virtues); blemish; amount by which thing falls short. [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  18. A failure, a deficiency, a deformity. [Lat.] Appleton's medical dictionary.
  19. n. [Latin] Want of something necessary for completeness or perfection;—imperfection, whether physical, intellectual, or moral; failing; blemish; deformity; deficiency; spot; taint. Cabinet Dictionary
  20. Want, absence of something necessary; failing; a fault; a blemish. Complete Dictionary

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