verb (used without object)
- to fail to participate in or complete a match.
- to lose a match by default.
verb (used with object)
- to fail to compete in (a scheduled game, race, etc.).
- to lose by default.
Origin of default
Examples from the Web for default
Are we all so stuck in our roles that when a given issue comes up, we just default to type?
We should expect the default to be civility, not harassment.
The typical trend is for writers and actors to default to the crudest element of what makes their show work, and lean on that.
Out of the box, the device is set to a default statistical mode, but within a week, the monitor gets more accurate.Are We Turning Our Babies Into Real Life Tamagotchis?|Brandy Zadrozny|August 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
There was no threat of default, government shutdown, huge cuts in government spending, or sharp tax increases.
The act is to be read at every election of fellows, &c., under a penalty of 40 in case of default.
Even baby Henry at two was lisping the prayers that Sam would let go by default unless carefully guarded.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
In default of acid you may add a little Jamaica ginger and sugar to the water, making a weak ginger tea.
In default of better, Macaulay was always for employing the tools which came to hand.Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay|George Otto Trevelyan
But Roland, caring little whether they followed or not, retraced his own steps in default of those of the bandits.The Companions of Jehu|Alexandre Dumas, pre
- the preset selection of an option offered by a system, which will always be followed except when explicitly altered
- (as modifier)default setting
Word Origin for default
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.
see in default of.