- a shortcoming, fault, or imperfection: a defect in an argument; a defect in a machine.
- lack or want, especially of something essential to perfection or completeness; deficiency: a defect in hearing.
- Also called crystal defect, lattice defect. Crystallography. a discontinuity in the lattice of a crystal caused by missing or extra atoms or ions, or by dislocations.
- to desert a cause, country, etc., especially in order to adopt another (often followed by from or to): He defected from the U.S.S.R to the West.
Origin of defect
Related Words for defectfault, flaw, lack, glitch, weakness, crack, deformity, bug, deficiency, shortcoming, error, injury, irregularity, shortage, mistake, quit, depart, renounce, abscond, revolt
Examples from the Web for defect
Contemporary Examples of defect
These big paydays have incentivized a record number of Cuban players to defect.Is Major League Baseball Ready For Cuba’s Players?
December 19, 2014
I think we are empowering refugees and there will be many more people like me who defect.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State
October 31, 2014
After clashing with coach Victor Tikhonov, a KGB-installed tyrant, he chose to challenge the government and defect to the NHL.Putin’s Hockey Pal Tells All: Slava Fetisov on ‘Red Army,’ Soviet Nostalgia, and What Drives Putin
October 9, 2014
When Michele Bachmann claimed in 2011 that a supporter had been bribed to defect to Ron Paul, observers rolled their eyes.The Time Michele Bachmann Was Right
August 31, 2014
He also may have tried to defect from the Taliban after they lost the war and join up with the Afghan government.CIA Chief, White House Chief of Staff Long Argued the Taliban 5 Could Go Free
Josh Rogin, Eli Lake
June 7, 2014
Historical Examples of defect
Yet the manner, and the air, made up (as I intended they should) for that defect.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
What we imagine to be a superior perfection, may really be a defect.
Rousseau's Confessions has precisely this defect—he read it to his friends.A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
Most often a virtue presents itself side by side with a defect.Doctor Pascal
Some defect in the latter may be excused, but not in the former.The Republic
- (intr) to desert one's country, cause, allegiance, etc, esp in order to join the opposing forces
Word Origin for defect
Word Origin and History for defect
early 15c., from Middle French defect and directly from Latin defectus "failure, revolt, falling away," noun use of past participle of deficere "to fail, desert" (see deficient).
1570s, from Latin defectus, past participle of deficere "to fail, desert" (see defect (n.)). Related: Defected; defecting.
- A lack of or abnormality in something necessary for normal functioning; a deficiency or imperfection.