Third-person singular simple present indicative form of defect.
The defects of Descartes lie rather in his apparently imperfect apprehension of the principle of movements uniformly accelerated which his contemporary Galileo had illustrated and insisted upon, and in the indistinctness which attaches to his views of the transmission of motion in cases of impact.
Defects in their arguments have been exposed to view by those who are most concerned to defend their reputation.
Two supplementary parts were issued in 1835 and 1840 respectively, and the work for many years deservedly maintained the highest position as the authority on European ornithology-indeed in England it may almost without exaggeration be said to have been nearly the only foreign ornithological work known; but, as could only be expected, grave defects are now to be discovered in it.
There were moreover special local causes such as undoubted defects in the Natal administration.'
He discerned their capabilities, studied their characters, and sought to remedy their defects by frank and searching criticism.