American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The lack of something necessary or desirable for completion or perfection; a deficiency: a visual defect.
- n. An imperfection that causes inadequacy or failure; a shortcoming. See Synonyms at blemish.
- v. To disown allegiance to one's country and take up residence in another: a Soviet citizen who defected to Israel.
- v. To abandon a position or association, often to join an opposing group: defected from the party over the issue of free trade.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Want or lack of anything; especially, the lack of something which is essential to perfection or completeness; a fault; a blemish; an imperfection: as, a defect in timber; a defect in the organs of hearing or seeing; a defect of memory or judgment.
- n. Synonyms Deficiency, lack, insufficiency, failure, error, flaw.
- To be or become deficient; fail.
- To desert; revolt.
- To affect injuriously; hurt; impair; spoil.
- n. A fault or malfunction.
- v. intransitive To abandon or turn against; to cease or change one's loyalty.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Want or absence of something necessary for completeness or perfection; deficiency; -- opposed to
- n. Failing; fault; imperfection, whether physical or moral; blemish.
- v. obsolete To fail; to become deficient.
- v. to abandon one country or faction, and join another.
- v. rare, rare To injure; to damage.
- v. desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army
- n. an imperfection in a bodily system
- n. an imperfection in an object or machine
- n. a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)
- n. a failing or deficiency
- From Middle English defaicte, from Latin defectus ("a failure, lack"), from deficere ("to fail, lack, literally 'undo'"), from past participle defectus, from de- ("priv.") + facere ("to do"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Latin dēfectus, failure, want, from past participle of dēficere, to desert, be wanting : dē-, de- + facere, to do; see dhē- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Skimping here could end up costing plenty if you discover a title defect after you own the property.”
“Democrats will need at least two Republicans -- possibly more -- to defect from a hard-line anti-deficit spending stance in order to break a filibuster.”
“This last defect is all the more glaring since the 'war on terror' in its varied aspects is supposedly global.”
“In short, your personality defect is the fact that you could easily be a sociopath, because you are calculating, unemotional, brutal, and arrogant.”
“The only escape is to defect from the Party, like Joe Lieberman.”
“And as I said, the incidence of the genetic defect is not the same as the incidence of the condition.”
“Seems to me the defect is in the man more than anything else.”
“A child with a single ventricle defect is born with a heart with only one ventricle that is large enough or strong enough to pump effectively.”
“An atrioventricular canal defect is a problem in the part of the heart that connects the upper chambers (atria) to the lower chambers (ventricles).”
“Troubled sophomore Anthony Tucker was the latest player to defect from the program.”
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