- 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.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- faulkner, william,
- fault block,
- fault breccia,
- fault line,
- fault plane,
- fault scarp
- 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.
Origin of fault
Examples from the Web for fault
It seemed she echoed all the things I was telling myself—this is YOUR fault.
Big Bird's honest reaction will emotionally wreck you in a way even The Fault in Our Stars can't.
It distorts more and more every day of the month, every year, due to the slow effects of fault creep.
Geometrically, it is a cube being forced into a rhomboid by the fault.
Attempts at reducing Red Band Society to a simple branding or logline have typically called it Fault in Our Stars meets Glee.‘Red Band Society’ Is Really Freaking Sad (And May Be TV’s Best New Drama)|Kevin Fallon|September 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
T want altogedder our own fault dat brought us on board de slabe-ship Pandora,—neider you not maseff.The Ocean Waifs|Mayne Reid
He was always cheerful, ready to do any one a favor, and was generous to a fault.Frank Before Vicksburg|Harry Castlemon
And is it fair to punish me for what is my misfortune, and not my fault?Clarissa, Volume 7|Samuel Richardson
And if he has deserted me, and gone to America, then its your fault.Twos and Threes|G. B. Stern
It is not because we do not recognize the fault of this plan, or rather of this absence of plan.What Is Free Trade?|Frdrick Bastiat
- guilty of error; culpable
- (of hounds) having temporarily lost the scent
Word Origin for fault
late 13c., faute, "deficiency," from Old French faute (12c.) "opening, gap; failure, flaw, blemish; lack, deficiency," from Vulgar Latin *fallita "a shortcoming, falling," noun use of fem. past participle, from Latin falsus "deceptive, feigned, spurious," past participle of fallere "deceive, disappoint" (see fail).
The -l- was restored 16c., probably in imitation of Latin, but was not pronounced till 18c. Sense of "physical defect" is from early 14c.; that of "moral culpability" is first recorded late 14c. Geological sense is from 1796. The use in tennis (c.1600) is closer to the etymological sense.
late 14c., Scottish, "be deficient;" see fault (n.). Meaning "find fault with" is from mid-15c. Related: Faulted; faulter; faulting.
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.
see at fault; find fault; to a fault.