- 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
As reported by the Vermont alt-weekly Seven Days, Quidel said the fault lay with the PCR tests.Rapid Testing Is Less Accurate Than the Government Wants to Admit|by Lisa Song|November 16, 2020|ProPublica
Washington is the nation’s favorite whipping boy, and not totally without fault.
Hard to find any fault with this type of weather in November.D.C.-area forecast: Comfortable warmth continues for days under generally sunny skies|A. Camden Walker|November 6, 2020|Washington Post
Three cognitive biases bear the biggest fault for our failure to face the truth about the possibility of an election disaster.It may sound far-fetched, but businesses need to be ready for an election-related disaster|jakemeth|October 29, 2020|Fortune
The faults in America’s election system have serious consequences.What countries around the globe can teach the US about elections|Tim Fernholz|October 28, 2020|Quartz
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
In the Aspen mining district in Colorado faulting is now going on at a comparatively rapid rate.
More conspicuous are the instances of active faulting by means of sudden slips.
Sedimentary beds as deposited lie flat or nearly flat, but subsequently they have often been deformed by folding and faulting.Geology|William J. Miller
The sudden yielding of the strata along a plane of faulting is a familiar cause of earthquakes.
The horizontal component in faulting movements is more common than is often supposed.
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.