from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- intransitive v. To disown allegiance to one's country and take up residence in another: a Soviet citizen who defected to Israel.
- intransitive v. To abandon a position or association, often to join an opposing group: defected from the party over the issue of free trade.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A fault or malfunction.
- v. To abandon or turn against; to cease or change one's loyalty.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Want or absence of something necessary for completeness or perfection; deficiency; -- opposed to superfluity.
- n. Failing; fault; imperfection, whether physical or moral; blemish
- intransitive v. To fail; to become deficient.
- intransitive v. to abandon one country or faction, and join another.
- transitive v. To injure; to damage.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
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)
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)