defect[dē′fekt′; also, and for v. always, dē fekt′, di-]
- The definition of a defect is an imperfection or lacking that causes the person or thing with the defect to fall short of perfection.
- An example of a defect is a genetic condition that causes weakness or death.
- An example of a defect is faulty wiring that results in a product not working.
- lack of something necessary for completeness; deficiency; shortcoming
- an imperfection or weakness; fault; flaw; blemish
Origin of defectMiddle English ; from Classical Latin defectus ; from deficere, to undo, fail ; from de-, from + facere, to do
- to forsake a party or cause, esp. so as to join the opposition
- to leave one's country because of disapproval of its political policies and settle in another that opposes such policies
intransitive verbde·fect·ed, de·fect·ing, de·fects
- To disown allegiance to one's country and take up residence in another: a Soviet citizen who defected to Israel.
- To abandon a position or association, often to join an opposing group: defected from the party over the issue of free trade.
Origin of defectMiddle 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.
(third-person singular simple present defects, present participle defecting, simple past and past participle defected)
defect - Legal Definition