verb (used without object)
Origin of defect
Related Words for defectsfault, flaw, lack, glitch, weakness, crack, deformity, bug, deficiency, shortcoming, error, injury, irregularity, shortage, mistake, quit, depart, renounce, abscond, revolt
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Contemporary Examples of 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
Historical Examples of defects
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)
noun (dɪˈfɛkt, ˈdiːfɛkt)
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).