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Defect Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    defect n
  1. an imperfection in a bodily system; "visual defects"; "this device permits detection of defects in the lungs"
  2. a failing or deficiency; "that interpretation is an unfortunate defect of our lack of information" [syn: shortcoming]
  3. an imperfection in a device or machine; "if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer" [syn: fault, flaw]
  4. a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body); "a facial blemish" [syn: blemish, mar] 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" [syn: desert]
Defect Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Defect \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. --Davies.
  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.
Defect Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Defect \De*fect"\, v. i. To fail; to become deficient. [Obs.] ``Defected honor.'' --Warner.
Defect Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Defect \De*fect"\, v. t. To injure; to damage. ``None can my life defect.'' [R.] --Troubles of Q. Elizabeth (1639).
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Defect'

  • Defect: Defect, Defects, or defected may refer to: Defect (geometry), a characteristic of a polyhedron. Topological defect The Defects , Northern- ...
  • Defection: In politics , a defector is a person who gives up allegiance to one state or political entity in exchange for allegiance to another. ...
  • Crystallographic defect: The regular patterns are interrupted by crystallographic defects. Point defects: Point defects are defects that occur only at or around a ...
  • Defect (geometry): In geometry , the defect (or deficit) means the failure of some angles to add up to the expected amount of 360° or 180°, when such angles in ...
  • Frenkel defect: A Frenkel defect, Frenkel pair, or Frenkel disorder is a type of point defect in a crystal lattice . The defect forms when an atom or ...

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* Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of Christ. - Clive Staples Lewis

* The fundamental defect of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them. - Bertrand Russell

* There is a serious defect in the thinking of someone who wants--more than anything else--to become rich. As long as they don't have the money, it'll seem like a worthwhile goal. Once they do, they'll understand how important other things are--and have always been. - Joseph Brooks

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