Definitions for: Defect

[n] a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body); "a facial blemish"
[n] a failing or deficiency; "that interpretation is an unfortunate defect of our lack of information"
[n] an imperfection in a bodily system; "visual defects"; "this device permits detection of defects in the lungs"
[n] an imperfection in a device or machine; "if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer"
[v] 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"

Webster (1913) Definition: 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 superfluity.

Errors have been corrected, and defects supplied.

2. Failing; fault; imperfection, whether physical or moral;
blemish; as, a defect in the ear or eye; a defect in
timber or iron; a defect of memory or judgment.

Trust not yourself; but, your defects to know, Make
use of every friend -- and every foe. --Pope.

Among boys little tenderness is shown to personal
defects. --Macaulay.

Syn: Deficiency; imperfection; blemish. See Fault.

De*fect", v. i.
To fail; to become deficient. [Obs.] ``Defected honor.''

De*fect", v. t.
To injure; to damage. ``None can my life defect.'' [R.]
--Troubles of Q. Elizabeth (1639).

Synonyms: blemish, desert, fault, flaw, shortcoming

See Also: birth defect, birthmark, blackhead, blot, bug, burn, burn mark, chatter mark, check, chip, comedo, congenital abnormality, congenital anomaly, congenital defect, congenital disorder, crack, daub, dent, disadvantage, dissent, flee, fly, glitch, gouge, hole, imperfection, imperfectness, mark, milium, mole, myelatelia, nevus, nick, protest, rat, resist, scar, scrape, scratch, slur, smear, smirch, smudge, spot, stigma, take flight, ugliness, verruca, wart, whitehead

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