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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An imperfection, often concealed, that impairs soundness: a flaw in the crystal that caused it to shatter. See Synonyms at blemish.
  • n. A defect or shortcoming in something intangible: They share the character flaw of arrogance.
  • n. A defect in a legal document that can render it invalid.
  • transitive v. To make or become defective.
  • n. A brief gust or blast of wind.
  • n. A passing storm; a squall.
  • n. Obsolete A burst of passion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A crack or breach, a gap or fissure; a defect of continuity or cohesion.
  • n. A defect, fault, or imperfection, especially one that is hidden.
  • n. A defect or error in a contract or other document which may make the document invalid.
  • v. To add a flaw to, to make imperfect or defective.
  • v. To become imperfect or defective.
  • n. A sudden burst or gust of wind of short duration.
  • n. A storm of short duration.
  • n. A sudden burst of noise and disorder; a tumult; uproar; a quarrel.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A crack or breach; a gap or fissure; a defect of continuity or cohesion.
  • n. A defect; a fault
  • n. A sudden burst of noise and disorder; a tumult; uproar; a quarrel.
  • n. A sudden burst or gust of wind of short duration.
  • transitive v. To crack; to make flaws in.
  • transitive v. To break; to violate; to make of no effect.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A flake; a fragment; a shiver.
  • n. A thin cake, as of ice.
  • n. A breach; a crack; a defect of continuity or cohesion; a weak spot or place.
  • n. Any defect or imperfection; anything which impairs quality or character; a fault: as, a flaw in a will, a deed, or a statute.
  • n. In weaving, a bore, tangle, or skip.
  • n. A disease in which the skin recedes from the nails.
  • To cause a flaw or defect in; break; crack; mar.
  • To violate; invalidate.
  • n. A sudden gust of wind; a sudden and violent wind-storm.
  • n. A sudden burst of noise and disorder; a tumult; an uproar.
  • n. A sudden commotion of mind.
  • n. Synonyms Gust, etc. See wind, n.
  • An obsolete or dialectal variant of flay.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an imperfection in an object or machine
  • n. an imperfection in a plan or theory or legal document that causes it to fail or that reduces its effectiveness
  • n. defect or weakness in a person's character
  • v. add a flaw or blemish to; make imperfect or defective

Etymologies

Middle English flaue, splinter, perhaps from Old Norse flaga, slab of stone; see plāk-1 in Indo-European roots.
Probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish flaga, gust of wind.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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