Defect meaning

dē'fĕkt', dĭ-fĕkt'

A defect in the ear or eye; a defect in timber or iron; a defect of memory or judgment.

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To abandon a position or association, often to join an opposing group.

Defected from the party over the issue of free trade.

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Lack of something necessary for completeness; deficiency; shortcoming.
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An imperfection or lack that causes inadequacy or failure; a shortcoming or deficiency.
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To disown allegiance to one's country and take up residence in another.

A Soviet citizen who defected to Israel.

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To forsake a party or cause, esp. so as to join the opposition.
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To leave one's country because of disapproval of its political policies and settle in another that opposes such policies.
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An error or flaw in a process or product, affecting performance and potentially causing harm; a shortcoming in a legal document that may lead to its invalidity, or in a pleading that may lead to its dismissal.
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A flaw or error that should have been noticed by a reasonably observant individual. Also known as a patent defect.
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An error or flaw introduced, or not detected, during the design of the process or product.
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Pertaining to a contract or a pleading, an error or flaw of such gravity that it may invalidate the document in question.
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An error or flaw in a product, introduced during the manufacturing rather than the design phase.
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The failure either to inform users of the appropriate way to use a product so as to avoid harm, or to disclose an error or flaw in a product that may cause harm to a user.
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The quantity or amount by which anything falls short.
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(mathematics) A part by which a figure or quantity is wanting or deficient.
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(intransitive) To abandon or turn against; to cease or change one's loyalty, especially from a military organisation or political party.
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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.

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An imperfection or weakness; fault; flaw; blemish.
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Origin of defect

From Middle French defaicte, from Latin defectus (“a failure, lack”), from deficere (“to fail, lack, literally 'undo'”), from past participle defectus, from de- (“priv.”) + facere (“to do”).