This meant that anyone who knew the default personal ID numbers could access the voicemail messages.
Through all the ups and downs of the past few months, Mitt Romney has remained the default frontrunner—until now.
It looks like the courts are getting ready to affirm a controversial ruling that could cause Argentina to default once again.
And their value would surely plummet in the event of a default.
That question will likely be settled by people who do not know how to change the default settings on an Internet browser.
In default of identification, it would be turned over for burial among the pauper dead.
But in default of survivors, had not the sea thrown up some of the corpses?
In default of language, I looked Miss Sawley straight in the face, and attempted a substitute for a sigh.
Not even in default of houses a cabin, a hut, an ajoupa, or a wigwam?
The property and effects of the mother pass to her children, and in default of them, to her sisters, own and collateral.
early 13c., "offense, crime, sin," later (late 13c.) "failure, failure to act," from Old French defaute (12c.) "fault, defect, failure, culpability, lack, privation," from Vulgar Latin *defallita "a deficiency or failure," past participle of *defallere, from Latin de- "away" (see de-) + fallere "to deceive, to cheat; to put wrong, to lead astray, cause to be mistaken; to escape notice of, be concealed from" (see fail (v.)). The financial sense is first recorded 1858; the computing sense is from 1966.
late 14c., "be lacking, be missing," also "become weak," from default (n.). Related: Defaulted; defaulting.
Failure to pay a debt when it is due.