- 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
Examples from the Web for defects
The genetic material can grow quickly, but are typically riddled with errors or defects.Design Your Own Dinosaur: The Era of Custom DNA
January 8, 2015
For all his defects, he had the qualities that are most needed to overcome the defects in our current political system.George Romney's Real Civil Rights Record
October 19, 2012
He said he was drawn to Dexter because of his defects and contradictions.Hollywood’s Reluctant Leading Man
August 18, 2011
Izetbegovic did not acknowledge the importance of the offer, but focused solely on its defects.Richard Holbrooke on the Dayton Peace Accords
December 15, 2010
An accurate knowledge of our defects will soonest lead to their cure.
Of their defects from an artistic point of view it is not necessary to speak.The Works of Whittier, Volume I (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
These defects in his temper appeared more and more in him every year.Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
Must he not, for this, and a hundred other defects, have special training?
In the mean time the piece went on, and the shawl covered all its defects.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
- (intr) to desert one's country, cause, allegiance, etc, esp in order to join the opposing forces
Word Origin and History for defects
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.