Definitions of fault

  1. put or pin the blame on Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. (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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. an imperfection in a device or machine; "if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. 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
  5. 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" 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. (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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. (sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area); "he served too many double faults" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. Defect; want; lack; default. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Anything that fails, that is wanting, or that impairs excellence; a failing; a defect; a blemish. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. A moral failing; a defect or dereliction from duty; a deviation from propriety; an offense less serious than a crime. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. A dislocation of the strata of the vein. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. In coal seams, coal rendered worthless by impurities in the seam; as, slate fault, dirt fault, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. A lost scent; act of losing the scent. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. Failure to serve the ball into the proper court. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. To charge with a fault; to accuse; to find fault with; to blame. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. To err; to blunder, to commit a fault; to do wrong. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. A slight crime or offense; blemish; defect in character. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  23. 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.
  24. Failing; error; defect; slight offence. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  25. An offense; failing; neglect. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. A defect; blemish; break in strata. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  27. 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.
  28. 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.
  29. 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.
  30. In the civil law. Negligence; want of care. An improper act or omission,injurious to another, and transpiring through negligence, rashness, or ignorance.There are in law three degrees of faults. thelawdictionary.org
  31. 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. mso.anu.edu.au
  32. Contracts, civil law. An improper act or omission, which arises from ignorance, carelessness, or negligence. The act or omission must not have been meditated, and must have caused some injury to another. Lec. Elcm. §783. See Dolus, Negligence. 1 Miles' Rep. 40. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  33. Faults or negligence are usually divided into, gross, ordinary, and slight: 1. Gross fault or neglect, consists in not observing that care towards others, which a man the least attentive, usually takes of his own affairs. Such fault may, in some cases, afford a presumption of fraud, and in very gross cases it approaches so near, as to be almost undistinguishable from it, especially when the facts seem hardly consistent with an honest intention. But there may be a gross fault without fraud. 2 Str. 1099; Story, Bailm. §18-22; Toullier, 1. 3, t. 3, §231. 2. Ordinary faults consist in the omission of that care which mankind generally pay to their own concerns; that is, the want of ordinary diligence. 3. A slight fault consists in the want of that care which very attentive persons take of their own affairs. This fault assimilates itself, and, in some cases, is scarcely distinguishable, from mere accident, or want of foresight. This division has been adopted by common lawyers from the civil law. Although the civilians generally agree in this division, yet they are not without a difference of opinion. See Pothier, Observation generale, sur le precedent Traite, et sur les suivants; printed at the end of his Traite des Obligations, where he cites Accurse, Alciat, Cujas, Duaren, D'Avezan, Vinnius, and Heineccius, in support of this division. On the other side the reader is referred to Thomasius, tom. 2, Dissertationem, pago 1006; Le Brun, cited by Jones, Bailm. 27; and Toullier, Droit Civil Francais, liv. 3, tit. 3, §231. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  34. These principles established, different rules have been made as to the responsibilities of parties for their faults in relation to their contracts. They are reduced by Pothier to three. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  35. - I. In those contracts where the party derives no benefit from his undertaking, he is answerable only for his gross faults. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  36. In those contracts where the parties have a reciprocal interest, as in the contract of sale, they are responsible for ordinary neglect. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  37. In those contracts where the party receives the only advantage, as in the case of loan for use, he is answerable for his slight fault. Poth. Observ. Generale; Traite des Oblig. §142; Jones, Bailm. 119 Story, Bailm. 12. See also Ayliffe, Pand. 108. Civ. C. Lou. 3522; 1 Com. Dig. 41 3; 5 Id. 184; Wesk. on Ins. 370. 1215.org/lawnotes/bouvier/bouvier.htm
  38. 1. A manifestation of an error in software.A fault, if encountered, may cause a failure.2. page fault. foldoc_fs
  39. 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. fall[)e]re, to deceive.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  40. (geol.) i. & t. Defect, imperfection, blemish, of character or of structure, appearance, &c. (generous &c. to a f., excessively; with all ff., at buyer\'s risk); transgression, offence, thing wrongly done, (Racquets &c.) ball wrongly served; find f. (with), complain (of), whence faultfinder n., faultfinding n. & a.; responsibility for something wrong (the f. was mine; it will be our own f.), defect that causes something (the f. is in the patient); (Hunt.) loss of the scent, check so caused, (be at f., also fig. =be puzzled, not know what to do); (Geol.) break in continuity of strata or vein (vb, break continuity of, show such break); (Telegr.) imperfect insulation, leakage. Hence faultless a., faultlessly adv., faultlessness n., faulty a., faultily adv., faultiness n. [Middle English] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  41. in f., guiity of offence, to blame, (who is in f.?). Concise Oxford Dictionary
  42. (Geol.) Any fissure in a rocky crust, accompanied with a raising or a lowering of strata on either side. See Dislocations. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  43. n. [French, Italian, Latin] A failing; an error; a mistake; a blunder;—a want; defect; absence; lack;—a moral failing; imperfection; neglect of duty; impropriety; slight offence;—a difficulty; a puzzle;—losing of the scent in hunting;—a break or interruption of strata. Cabinet Dictionary
  44. Offence, slight crime, somewhat liable to censure; defect, want; puzzle, difficulty. Complete Dictionary

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