defect

defect [dē′fekt΄; ] also, and for v. always [, dē fekt′, difekt′]
n.
[ME < L defectus < deficere, to undo, fail < de-, from + facere, to DO1]
1. lack of something necessary for completeness; deficiency; shortcoming
2. an imperfection or weakness; fault; flaw; blemish
vi.
1. to forsake a party or cause, esp. so as to join the opposition
2. to leave one's country because of disapproval of its political policies and settle in another that opposes such policies
defector
n.
SYN.- DEFECT implies a lack of something essential to completeness or perfection [a defect in vision ]; an IMPERFECTION is any faulty detail that detracts from perfection [minor imperfections of style ]; a BLEMISH is a superficial or surface imperfection that mars the appearance [skin blemishes]; a FLAW1 is an imperfection in structure or substance, such as a crack or gap, that mars the wholeness or continuity [a flaw in a metal bar ]

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  • defect — de·fect / dē ˌfekt, di fekt/ n: something or a lack of something that results in incompleteness, inadequacy, or imperfection: as a: a flaw in something (as a product) esp. that creates an unreasonable risk of harm in its normal use see also… …   Law dictionary

  • defect — DEFÉCT, Ă, defecţi, te, s.n., adj. 1. s.n. Lipsă, scădere, imperfecţiune materială, fizică sau morală; cusur, meteahnă, neajuns, beteşug, hibă. ♦ Deranjament, stricăciune care împiedică funcţionarea unei maşini, a unui aparat. ♦ Ceea ce nu este… …   Dicționar Român

  • Defect — Defect, defects, or defected may refer to: Geometry and physical sciences Defect (geometry), a characteristic of a polyhedron Topological defect Isoperimetric defect Crystallographic defect, a structural imperfection in a crystal Biology and… …   Wikipedia

  • Defect — De*fect , n. [L. defectus, fr. deficere, defectum, to desert, fail, be wanting; de + facere to make, do. See {Fact}, {Feat}, and cf. {Deficit}.] 1. Want or absence of something necessary for completeness or perfection; deficiency; opposed to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defect — Ⅰ. defect [1] ► NOUN ▪ a shortcoming, imperfection, or lack. ORIGIN Latin defectus, from deficere desert or fail . Ⅱ. defect [2] ► VERB ▪ abandon one s country or cause in favour of an opposing one …   English terms dictionary

  • Defect — De*fect , v. t. To injure; to damage. None can my life defect. [R.] Troubles of Q. Elizabeth (1639). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Defect — Defect, lat., mangelhaft; als Hauptwort D., Mangel, Gebrechen; defectiren, eine Rechnung untersuchen in Beziehung auf Rechnungsfehler; defectiv, was defect. – Defectbogen, im Buchhandel ein nachverlangter Bogen. – Defecte, in der Buchdruckerei… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • defect — (n.) early 15c., from M.Fr. defect and directly from L. defectus failure, revolt, falling away, from pp. of deficere to fail, desert (see DEFICIENT (Cf. deficient)). As a verb, from 1570s. Related: Defected; defecting …   Etymology dictionary

  • defect — [n] blemish, imperfection birthmark, blot, blotch, break, bug, catch, check, crack, deficiency, deformity, discoloration, drawback, error, failing, fault, flaw, foible, frailty, gap, glitch, gremlin, hole, infirmity, injury, irregularity, kink,… …   New thesaurus

  • Defect — De*fect , v. i. To fail; to become deficient. [Obs.] Defected honor. Warner. [1913 Webster] 2. to abandon one country or faction, and join another. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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