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Definitions of fault

  1. To charge with a fault; to accuse; to find fault with; to blame. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. To err; to blunder, to commit a fault; to do wrong. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. To charge with a fault; to accuse. To find fault, to express blame; to complain. At fault, puzzled, off the seent. To find fault with, to blame. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  5. 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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. (tennis or badminton or squash) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area); "he served too many double faults" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. responsibility for a bad situation or event; "it was John's fault" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. (sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area); "he served too many double faults" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  9. Defect; want; lack; default. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. Anything that fails, that is wanting, or that impairs excellence; a failing; a defect; a blemish. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. A moral failing; a defect or dereliction from duty; a deviation from propriety; an offense less serious than a crime. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A dislocation of the strata of the vein. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. In coal seams, coal rendered worthless by impurities in the seam; as, slate fault, dirt fault, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. A lost scent; act of losing the scent. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Failure to serve the ball into the proper court. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. A defective point in an electric circuit due to a crossing of the parts of the conductor, or to contact with another conductor or the earth, or to a break in the circuit. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. A dislocation caused by a slipping of rock masses along a plane of facture; also, the dislocated structure resulting from such slipping. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. A slight crime or offense; blemish; defect in character. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  19. A failing; error; blemish; a slight offence; (geol. and min.) a displacement of strata or veins. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. Failing; error; defect; slight offence. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. An offense; failing; neglect. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. A defect; blemish; break in strata. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. Whatever impairs excellence, as a flaw, a blemish, a defect, a mistake; any slip in conduct or propriety, whether in the way of defect, neglect, or deviation; a disturbance of the strata, which interrupts the miner's operations and puts him at fault to discover where the vein or bed has been thrown by the convulsions of nature. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  24. An offence; a slight crime; an error or mistake; a defect; among miners, a fissure or break accompanied by a displacement of the strata on each side. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

Usage examples for fault

  1. " It was thy own fault – An Orkney Maid by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  2. I dare say it was my fault but I wasn't happy, and I wanted to get away. – Harvest by Mrs. Humphry Ward
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