- 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)
- 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
SYNONYMS FOR fault
Related formspost·fault, noun
Examples from the Web for faulting
Of course, there can be no faulting Sicha for not having chosen different subject matter.Too Soon to Write: Choire Sicha’s ‘Very Recent History’|Stefan Beck|August 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The victim herself feels otherwise, faulting herself for not being able to convey the enormity of what happened.She Dialed 911. The Cop Who Came to Help Raped Her.|Michael Daly|January 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Sedimentary beds as deposited lie flat or nearly flat, but subsequently they have often been deformed by folding and faulting.Geology|William J. Miller
Faulting, however, is by no means absent, and some of the faults are of considerable magnitude.
The depression is probably a “Graben” or trough formed by faulting.
The foibles of their youth are still to be traced in faulting and non-conformity.In the Open|Stanton Davis Kirkham
Movement of this sort along a fracture is what the geologist terms "faulting."Grand Teton [Wyoming] National Park|United States Dept. of the Interior
British Dictionary definitions for faulting
- guilty of error; culpable
- (of hounds) having temporarily lost the scent
Word Origin for fault
Science definitions for 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.
Culture definitions for faulting
Idioms and Phrases with faulting
see at fault; find fault; to a fault.