responsibility for failure or a wrongful act: It is my fault that we have not finished.
an error or mistake: a fault in addition.
a misdeed or transgression: to confess one's faults.
Sports. (in tennis, handball, etc.)
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.
Geology, Mining. a break in the continuity of a body of rock or of a vein, with dislocation along the plane of the fracture (fault plane ).
Manège. (of a horse jumping in a show) any of a number of improper executions in negotiating a jump, as a tick, knockdown, refusal, or run-out.
Electricity. a partial or total local failure in the insulation or continuity of a conductor or in the functioning of an electric system.
Hunting. a break in the line of scent; a losing of the scent; check.
Obsolete. lack; want.
Geology. to cause a fault in.
to find fault with, blame, or censure.
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.
- post·fault, noun
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How to use fault in a sentence
Christie may have his faults, but he oozes the everyman persona.
Anything to make the protestors look bad and the police good, but there are faults on both sides.
Dubya, for all his manifest faults, is a very gregarious guy.Harry Shearer on Being Nixon, ‘The Simpsons Movie’ Sequel, and Why Obama Should Return His Nobel | Marlow Stern | October 21, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
At least Marnie, for her myriad faults, acknowledges that they exist.The Excellent Season 3 Finale of ‘Girls’ Caps Off Its Best Season Yet | Marlow Stern | March 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He knows his furniture, each of his trees, every log in his cabin—faults and graces—all on a personal basis.Pete Dexter’s Indelible Portrait of Author Norman Maclean | Pete Dexter | March 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
I came here, as I supposed, a fairly good Christian, with an average amount of piety and an average number of faults.The Soldier of the Valley | Nelson Lloyd
It was wise in him to do so, and thus to draw men's thoughts from Planner's faults to his own unquestioned merits.
Still, though he had committed great faults, he had shown a surprising ability in extricating himself from their consequences.Napoleon's Marshals | R. P. Dunn-Pattison
Nevertheless (through too much kindness), all these faults were pardoned after they had been looked into.
He should give the bailee notice of all the faults in the thing bailed that would expose him to danger or loss in keeping it.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
British Dictionary definitions for fault
an imperfection; failing or defect; flaw
a mistake or error
an offence; misdeed
responsibility for a mistake or misdeed; culpability
electronics a defect in a circuit, component, or line, such as a short circuit
geology a fracture in the earth's crust resulting in the relative displacement and loss of continuity of the rocks on either side of it
tennis squash badminton an invalid serve, such as one that lands outside a prescribed area
(in showjumping) a penalty mark given for failing to clear or refusing a fence, exceeding a time limit, etc
hunting an instance of the hounds losing the scent
deficiency; lack; want
guilty of error; culpable
(of hounds) having temporarily lost the scent
find fault to seek out minor imperfections or errors (in); carp (at)
to a fault excessively
geology to undergo or cause to undergo a fault
(tr) to find a fault in, criticize, or blame
(intr) to commit a fault
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Scientific definitions for fault
A fracture in a rock formation along which there has been movement of the blocks of rock on either side of the plane of fracture. Faults are caused by plate-tectonic forces. See more at normal fault reverse fault strike-slip fault thrust fault transform fault. See Note at earthquake.
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Cultural definitions for fault
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Other Idioms and Phrases with fault
see at fault; find fault; to a fault.
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