- 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
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Antonyms for fault
Related Words for faultingshuffle, veer, drift, transfer, move, vary, remove, deviate, turn, relocate, ship, alter, change, lower, undervalue, ignore, neglect, swerve, about-face, replace
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Contemporary Examples of 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’
August 8, 2013
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.
January 29, 2012
Historical Examples of faulting
Are you so sure that what you are faulting is not the manner and the way of a world you have not seen?Lord Kilgobbin
The foibles of their youth are still to be traced in faulting and non-conformity.In the Open
Stanton Davis Kirkham
The valley itself has been produced by a combination of faulting and erosion.
Most fault scarps have been modified by erosion since the faulting.
It is a region of quiescence or of faulting, but not of folding.
- 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.