- a feature that mars the perfection of something; defect; fault: beauty without flaw; the flaws in our plan.
- a defect impairing legal soundness or validity.
- a crack, break, breach, or rent.
- to produce a flaw in.
- to contract a flaw; become cracked or defective.
Origin of flaw1
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- Also called windflaw. a sudden, usually brief windstorm or gust of wind.
- a short spell of rough weather.
- Obsolete. a burst of feeling, fury, etc.
Origin of flaw2
Examples from the Web for flaw
Rather than a flaw that heightens her appeal, it is a flaw that makes her difficult to forgive.The Feminist Aesthetic of ‘Happy Valley’: A Refusal to Eroticize Violence Against Women
August 31, 2014
But the book has one flaw that should serve as a warning or spur to other first-time writers: It lacks higher-order imagination.Ted Thompson’s Debut Novel Features A 1 Percenter As Its Hero
May 6, 2014
If there is a flaw to be found here it is only one of narrowness; all of these narrators are American men and most are Marines.The Profanity of War: Phil Klay’s “Redeployment”
March 1, 2014
By the time the Army decoded the first Venona cable, the flaw had been corrected and KGB communications rendered impenetrable.Soviet-Era Secret Leakers Were Way Worse Than Snowden
August 7, 2013
Fatness may be a flaw, but it is not a singularly terrible flaw.Give Chris Christie a Break on His Weight
February 8, 2013
The Inspector seized on the one flaw left him for defense against her indictment.Within the Law
The most carping could have found no flaw in the quiet taste of his attire.
It was more; it was a mistake, a flaw in her diplomacy; for Calendar intercepted it.
There was a flaw in one of the rods connected with the engine.A Woman Intervenes
The complainant's shield was examined and counted, and not a flaw discovered.Vivian Grey
Earl of Beaconsfield, Benjamin Disraeli
- an imperfection, defect, or blemish
- a crack, breach, or rift
- law an invalidating fault or defect in a document or proceeding
- to make or become blemished, defective, or imperfect
- a sudden short gust of wind; squall
- a spell of bad, esp windy, weather
- obsolete an outburst of strong feeling
Word Origin and History for flaw
early 14c., "a flake" (of snow), also in Middle English "a spark of fire; a splinter," from Old Norse flaga "stone slab, flake" (see flagstone); sense of "defect, fault" first recorded 1580s, first of character, later (c.1600) of material things; probably via notion of a "fragment" broken off.
early 15c. (implied in flawed); see flaw (n.). Related: Flawing.