Fault meaning

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Fault is defined as to blame or to commit a mistake.

An example of fault is for a child to blame a broken vase on his brother.

An example of fault is to tell a lie.

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The definition of a fault is a weakness in the rock strata that can shift and create an earthquake.

An example of fault is the San Andreas fault line in California.

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(geology) A fracture in the continuity of a rock formation caused by a shifting or dislodging of the earth's crust, in which adjacent surfaces are displaced relative to one another and parallel to the plane of fracture.
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(archaic) A lack or deficiency.
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(geology) To produce a fault in; fracture.
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Responsibility for a mistake or an offense; culpability.
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To commit a mistake or an error.
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(geology) To shift so as to produce a fault.
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To find error or defect in; criticize or blame.

Faulted the author for poor research; faulted the book for inaccuracies.

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(sports) To commit a fault, as in tennis.
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(geol.) A fracture or zone of fractures in rock strata, characterized by tectonic movement that displaces the sides relative to one another.
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(hunting) A break in the line of the scent.
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(volleyball, tennis, etc.) An improper serve; specif., a serve that hits the net or lands outside the court.
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To find fault with; blame or criticize.
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To commit a fault: archaic except in racket sports.
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(geol.) To develop a fault.
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A fracture in a rock formation along which there has been movement of the blocks of rock on either side of the plane of fracture. Faults are caused by plate-tectonic forces.
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An error or failure. A software fault, also known as a "crash" or "abend," is when the program directs the computer to go outside of its restricted memory boundary. A hardware fault is a failure in one of the circuits. See fault detection, fault isolation and fault management. See also page fault.
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A negligent or intentional failure to act reasonably or according to law or duty; an act or omission giving rise to a criminal indictment or a civil tort lawsuit.
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A defect; something that detracts from perfection.
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No!. This is my fault, not yours.

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For all her faults, she's a good person at heart.

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Blame; the responsibility for a mistake.

The fault lies with you.

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(seismology) A fracture in a rock formation causing a discontinuity.
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(mining) In coal seams, coal rendered worthless by impurities in the seam.

Slate fault, dirt fault, etc.

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(tennis) An illegal serve.
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(electrical) An abnormal connection in a circuit.
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(hunting) A lost scent; act of losing the scent.
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To criticize, blame or find fault with something or someone.
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(intransitive, geology) To fracture.
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(intransitive) To commit a mistake or error.
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(intransitive, computing) To undergo a page fault.
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Fault means a mistake or a weakness.

An example of fault is having a problem telling the truth.

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(electronics) A defect in a circuit or wiring caused by imperfect connections, poor insulation, grounding, or shorting.
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(sports) A service of the ball that violates the rules in tennis and similar games.
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(obs.) Failure to have or do what is required; lack.
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Something that mars the appearance, character, structure, etc.; defect or failing.
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Something done wrongly.
  • A misdeed; offense.
  • An error; mistake.
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Responsibility for something wrong; blame.

It's her fault that they are late.

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(elec.) A defect or point of defect in the wiring or connections of a circuit, which prevents the current from following the intended path.
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(geol.) To cause a fault in.
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at fault
  • Deserving of blame; guilty:
    Admitted to being at fault.
  • Confused and puzzled.
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find fault
  • To seek, find, and complain about faults; criticize:
    Found fault with his speech.
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to a fault
  • To an excessive degree:
    Generous to a fault.
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at fault
  • unable to find the scent
  • not knowing what to do; perplexed
  • guilty of error; deserving blame
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find fault (with)
  • to seek and point out faults (of); complain (about); criticize
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to a fault
  • too much; excessively
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of fault

  • Middle English faulte from Old French from Vulgar Latin fallita from variant of Latin falsa feminine past participle of fallere to deceive, fail

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English faute, faulte, from Anglo-Norman and Old French faute, from Vulgar Latin *fallita (“shortcoming”), from Latin falsus, perfect passive participle of fallō (“deceive”). Displaced native Middle English schuld, schuild (“fault”) (from Old English scyld (“fault”)), Middle English lac (“fault, lack”) (from Middle Dutch lak (“lack, fault”)), Middle English last (“fault, vice”) (from Old Norse lǫstr, löstr (“fault, vice, crime”)).

    From Wiktionary