Associations to the word «Defect»


DEFECT, noun. A fault or malfunction.
DEFECT, noun. The quantity or amount by which anything falls short.
DEFECT, noun. (math) A part by which a figure or quantity is wanting or deficient.
DEFECT, verb. (intransitive) To abandon or turn against; to cease or change one's loyalty, especially from a military organisation or political party.
DEFECT, verb. (military) To desert one's army, to flee from combat.
DEFECT, verb. (military) To join the enemy army.
DEFECT, verb. (law) To flee one's country and seek asylum.

Dictionary definition

DEFECT, noun. An imperfection in a bodily system; "visual defects"; "this device permits detection of defects in the lungs".
DEFECT, noun. A failing or deficiency; "that interpretation is an unfortunate defect of our lack of information".
DEFECT, noun. An imperfection in an object or machine; "a flaw caused the crystal to shatter"; "if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer".
DEFECT, noun. A mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body); "a facial blemish".
DEFECT, verb. Desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army; "If soldiers deserted Hitler's army, they were shot".

Wise words

Words - so innocent and powerless as they are, as standing in a dictionary, how potent for good and evil they become in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
Nathaniel Hawthorne