- 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)
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Idioms for 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
Example sentences from the Web for fault
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
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.
His two most popular books, Unfit for Command and The Obama Nation, have been faulted for multiple inaccuracies.Conspiracy Theorist Argues That Hitler Escaped to Argentina|Caitlin Dickson|January 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Faulted , interrupted continuity of rock strata by displacement along a plane of fracture, generally caused by an earthquake.Unexplored!|Allen Chaffee
The country has been faulted along north-and-south lines or planes.Canyons of the Colorado|J. W. Powell
It is not much of a lie—an' I had meddled with the Greek at all, I had not faulted simply thrice, but forty times.The Prince and The Pauper, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The trail was faulted in several places, but we picked it up each time without much difficulty.The North Pole|Robert E. Peary
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
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
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Idioms and Phrases with fault
see at fault; find fault; to a fault.