verb (used without object)
- defective bacteriophage,
- defective virus
Origin of defect
Examples from the Web for defect
These big paydays have incentivized a record number of Cuban players to defect.Is Major League Baseball Ready For Cuba’s Players?|Ben Jacobs|December 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Lizzie Crocker|October 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|October 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When Michele Bachmann claimed in 2011 that a supporter had been bribed to defect to Ron Paul, observers rolled their eyes.
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|DAILY BEAST
What defect in the feed valve will cause the brake pipe pressure to equalize with that in the main reservoir?The Traveling Engineers' Association|Anonymous
Bestoujef, who spoke perfectly, feigned stammering, and had the courage to simulate this defect for seventeen years.Two Chancellors|Julian Klaczko
And now that Graham and Nolan were here to aid, this defect was noticed at once.To The Front|Charles King
This remedies the defect of our too great nearness to ourselves.Essays, First Series|Ralph Waldo Emerson
This did not seem much of a defect to me then, Amy, for I was young and romantic too.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1902 to 1903|Lucy Maud Montgomery
noun (dɪˈfɛkt, ˈdiːfɛkt)
Word Origin 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.