- a ball that when served does not land in the proper section of an opponent's court.
- a failure to serve the ball according to the rules, as from within a certain area.
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Idioms about fault
- open to censure; blameworthy: to be at fault for a mistake.
- in a dilemma; puzzled: to be at fault as to where to go.
- (of hounds) unable to find the scent.
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OTHER WORDS FROM faultpost·fault, noun
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MORE ABOUT FAULT
What does fault mean?
A fault is a defect, flaw, or imperfection in something, as in LaShona found the fault in the code that prevented the website from working correctly.
Fault is also responsibility for a failure or wrongful act, as in It was Jason’s fault that the puppy escaped because he left the front door open.
A fault is also an error or mistake, such as a fault in a solution to a math problem.
To fault someone is to blame them for an error, as in I can’t fault my sister for wanting to be like me.
Fault is commonly used in the idioms at fault and find fault. Someone who is at fault is guilty or responsible for something and could be blamed. Someone who finds fault exposes the flaws of a person or the defects of a product.
Example: It’s not my fault that the slippery dish fell out of my hands and broke.
Where does fault come from?
The first records of the term fault come from the 1200s. It ultimately comes from the Latin fallere, meaning “to be wrong.” When someone is at fault, they are usually wrong about something or did something wrong.
In geology, a fault is a break or crack in a stone, rock, or piece of earth. Faults can be small or large. Faults in the Earth are noteworthy because when a piece of rock attached to a fault moves or breaks, it can cause earthquakes in the surrounding area.
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How is fault used in real life?
Fault is a common word used to discuss mistakes or failures.
Is it Le’Veon or AB’s fault Steelers offense looks awful?
— shannon sharpe (@ShannonSharpe) September 9, 2019
We might have to upload tomorrow 😭 SORRY ETHAN TOLD ME TO TWEET THAT YESTERDAY ITS NOT MY FAULT
— Grayson Dolan (@GraysonDolan) August 12, 2017
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How to use fault in a sentence
The emergency pivot to remote learning for K–12 students last spring illuminated longstanding educational fault lines in the United States.Creative school plans could counter inequities exposed by COVID-19|Sujata Gupta|September 8, 2020|Science News
They had definitely gone through various stages of believing it was their fault, that they were silly to have believed him.“People want to believe”: How Love Fraud builds an absorbing docuseries around a romantic con man|Alissa Wilkinson|September 4, 2020|Vox
Throughout the scandal – and resulting budget cuts – Janney insisted the problems were not her fault and that she could steer the district back to financial stability.Embattled Sweetwater Superintendent Fired|Will Huntsberry|September 1, 2020|Voice of San Diego
That finding hints that CO2 rising toward Earth’s surface can change pressure along faults to trigger earthquakes, researchers report online August 26 in Science Advances.Carbon dioxide from Earth’s mantle may trigger some Italian earthquakes|Maria Temming|August 26, 2020|Science News
That said, the primary process can still reveal different fault lines in the party.Biden Had To Fight For The Presidential Nomination. But Most VPs Have To.|Julia Azari|August 20, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
For a few minutes it seemed like old times, a return to the clearer fault-lines of the Cold War.Indefensible but Indispensable America|Jamie Dettmer|December 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Race is the San Andreas Fault of our culture as well as our history.The Wildly Peaceful, Human, Almost Boring, Ultimately Great New York City Protests for Eric Garner|Mike Barnicle|December 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It seemed she echoed all the things I was telling myself—this is YOUR fault.How I Stopped My Rapist|Natasha Alexenko|November 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Big Bird's honest reaction will emotionally wreck you in a way even The Fault in Our Stars can't.‘Sesame Street’ Is Middle-Aged and Awesome|Emily Shire|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It distorts more and more every day of the month, every year, due to the slow effects of fault creep.Silicon Valley Mansions, Swallowed Alive|Geoff Manaugh|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You never cared—you were too proud to care; and when I spoke to you about my fault, you did n't even know what I meant.Confidence|Henry James
De Robeck agrees that we don't know enough yet to warrant us in fault-finding or intervention.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
At other times they have a dreadful look of being fibs invented for the purpose of covering a fault.Children's Ways|James Sully
The French Railroads are better in this respect, and the American cannot be worse, though the fault is not unknown there.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
At the very commencement of the campaign Massna committed a fault which almost ruined his career.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
British Dictionary definitions for fault
- guilty of error; culpable
- (of hounds) having temporarily lost the scent
Word Origin for fault
Scientific definitions for fault
A Closer Look
Bedrock, the solid rock just below the soil, is often cracked along surfaces known as planes. Cracks can extend up to hundreds of kilometers in length. When tensional and compressional stresses cause rocks separated by a crack to move past each other, the crack is known as a fault. Faults can be horizontal, vertical, or oblique. The movement can occur in the sudden jerks known as earthquakes. Normal faults, or tensional faults, occur when the rocks above the fault plane move down relative to the rocks below it, pulling the rocks apart. Where there is compression and folding, such as in mountainous regions, the rocks above the plane move upward relative to the rocks below the plane; these are called reverse faults. Strike-slip faults occur when shearing stress causes rocks on either side of the crack to slide parallel to the fault plane between them. Transform faults are strike-slip faults in which the crack is part of a boundary between two tectonic plates. A well-known example is the San Andreas Fault in California. Geologists use sightings of displaced outcroppings to infer the presence of faults, and they study faults to learn the history of the forces that have acted on rocks.
Cultural definitions for fault
In geology, a place where sections of the crust of the Earth move relative to each other. (See earthquake and San Andreas fault.)
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Other Idioms and Phrases with fault
see at fault; find fault; to a fault.