- 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 defectedquit, depart, renounce, abscond, revolt, withdraw, reject, abandon, desert, spurn, lapse, tergiversate, schism, leave, turn, rat, apostatize, rebel, renege, go
Examples from the Web for defected
Contemporary Examples of defected
After Olympic boxer Guillermo Rigondeux defected, his family suffered a form of domestic exile.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
In 1992 Dostum “defected” to the side of the mujahedin and joined in the battle to take Kabul and oust Najibullah.The Warlord Who Defines Afghanistan: An Excerpt From Bruce Riedel’s ’What We Won’
July 27, 2014
But whether they are Russian, or former or defected Ukrainian military, is in some ways beside the point.Russia’s Gunmen in East Ukraine Double Down on Mayhem
April 28, 2014
It is also possible that some defected to join groups less well known to the police.Where Have Japan’s Yakuza Gone?
Jake Adelstein, Nathalie-Kyoko Stucky
March 9, 2014
Oswald was a left-wing autodidact who had defected to the Soviet Union.The Revolt Against the Masses and the Roots of Modern Liberalism
January 26, 2014
Historical Examples of defected
Father, who defected from Hector, captured the Senator and vice versa.And Then the Town Took Off
Reason or the fact that he had defected or what he might have known about his defection.Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15)
The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
She informed me before anyone knew he defected that he was in Europe.
When Oswald defected, she sent me a newspaper clipping about it.
Did you know that he had defected or attempted to defect in 1959?
- (intr) to desert one's country, cause, allegiance, etc, esp in order to join the opposing forces
Word Origin for defect
1570s, from Latin defectus, past participle of deficere "to fail, desert" (see defect (n.)). Related: Defected; defecting.
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).
- A lack of or abnormality in something necessary for normal functioning; a deficiency or imperfection.