- 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.
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.
Origin of fault
synonym study for fault
OTHER WORDS FROM faultpost·fault, noun
How to use fault in a sentence
If you’re not from Chicago, you’ve probably long assumed that deep dish is the city’s standard, and it’s not your fault.If You Think Deep Dish Is Chicago’s True Pizza, Think Again|Joshua Eferighe|December 11, 2020|Ozy
The Rockets’ failure to achieve such cohesion is not entirely Harden’s fault, but he is the common denominator.James Harden has confused player empowerment with self-sabotage|Jerry Brewer|December 10, 2020|Washington Post
OpenAI, arguably, has as much—if not more—financial incentive to sugarcoat any faults in GPT-3.Google’s ouster of a top A.I. researcher may have come down to this|Jeremy Kahn|December 9, 2020|Fortune
Though it was set in motion by no fault of the administration, it’s something everyone knew about that changed the city.
Providing serious help to people who — through no fault of their own — need serious help would certainly benefit the economy and probably help the stock market, too.The stock market is soaring to new heights. But most Americans aren’t along for the ride.|Allan Sloan|December 4, 2020|Washington Post
The craziest of all was Rand Paul, who faulted those who were saying Ebola is not easy to catch.
Stangneth has been faulted by some reviewers for not being a sufficiently dispassionate historian.Nothing Was Banal About Eichmann’s Evil, Says a Scathing New Biography|Michael Signer|October 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
On 60 Minutes, the president faulted his spies for failing to predict the rise of ISIS.
The committee also faulted the State Department for reducing security at the consulate.
Over the years, Miss Piggy has been faulted for her clingy, seemingly obsessive relationship with Kermit the Frog.
Ef I had minded Clarsy, yer und ole marsa wudn't faulted me no how.The Broken Sword|Dennison Worthington
Granton tried a couple of swift balls and faulted them both.A Book o' Nine Tales.|Arlo Bates
Harriet began speeding up, but took two long chances and faulted two points to her opponents.The Meadow-Brook Girls on the Tennis Courts|Janet Aldridge
Faulted , interrupted continuity of rock strata by displacement along a plane of fracture, generally caused by an earthquake.Unexplored!|Allen Chaffee
While the region now known as "Glacier National Park" was being uplifted and faulted, the streams were continually at work.Glacier National Park [Montana]|United States Dept. of the Interior
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
notes for fault
Other Idioms and Phrases with fault
see at fault; find fault; to a fault.