a feature that mars the perfection of something; defect; fault: beauty without flaw; the flaws in our plan.
a defect impairing legal soundness or validity.
a crack, break, breach, or rent.
to produce a flaw in.
to contract a flaw; become cracked or defective.
- flawless, adjective
Other definitions for flaw (2 of 2)
Also called windflaw. a sudden, usually brief windstorm or gust of wind.
a short spell of rough weather.
Obsolete. a burst of feeling, fury, etc.
- flawy, adjective
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How to use flaw in a sentence
An investigation by ProPublica and the Bay City News Foundation discovered flaws in the State Personnel Board investigation that led to her dismissal.Utility Companies Owe Millions to This State Regulatory Agency. The Problem? The Agency Can’t Track What It’s Owed. | by Scott Morris, Bay City News Foundation | February 10, 2021 | ProPublica
That means the bill has to be taken seriously even if it has flaws, says Berin Szoka, the founder and president of the thinktank TechFreedom.How a Democratic plan to reform Section 230 could backfire | Bobbie Johnson | February 8, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
The platform isn’t without its flaws and Smalls understands that, said executive creative director Veronica del Rosario.Another DTC brand diversifies media strategy amid ‘looming fear of being solely dependent on Facebook’ | Kimeko McCoy | February 4, 2021 | Digiday
Diamonds are made by Mother Nature, of course, so internal flaws are common, but many are too small to be seen by the naked eye.Hints From Heloise: Before buying a diamond, learn about the four C’s | Heloise Heloise | February 4, 2021 | Washington Post
The hackers were hunting for, and finding, previously unknown flaws, known as zero-day vulnerabilities.Google says it’s too easy for hackers to find new security flaws | Bobbie Johnson | February 3, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
An F-35 was destroyed on takeoff earlier in the year when a design flaw in its Pratt & Whitney F135 engine sparked a fire.New U.S. Stealth Jet Can’t Fire Its Gun Until 2019 | Dave Majumdar | December 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Rather than a flaw that heightens her appeal, it is a flaw that makes her difficult to forgive.The Feminist Aesthetic of ‘Happy Valley’: A Refusal to Eroticize Violence Against Women | Batya Ungar-Sargon | August 31, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the logic of the anti-interventionist left is built today around the same moral flaw that it was during the Cold War.
But the most glaring flaw is the decline in female directors.A 200-Hour ‘Simpsons’ Marathon? That’s Unpossible! | Rich Goldstein | July 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
How Wisconsin police discovered the lethal flaw before it became a national scandal.The Cops Who Found Out the Truth About GM's Deadly Cars—in 2006 | Michael Daly | July 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The sharpened faculties have something of a lawyer's quickness in detecting a flaw in the indictment.Children's Ways | James Sully
Its only flaw was a dangerous crack through the lamb's nose and front feet.The Box-Car Children | Gertrude Chandler Warner
Athene (Roman Minerva) however, the goddess of wisdom, had a character without a flaw, and ranked with Apollo in wisdom.Beacon Lights of History, Volume I | John Lord
There was not a flaw in the sequence of events, no possible reason for the suspicions which yet lingered at the back of his brain.The Double Four | E. Phillips Oppenheim
His whole scheme was complete, and he reviewed every point of it to make certain there was no flaw in it.The Light That Lures | Percy Brebner
British Dictionary definitions for flaw (1 of 2)
an imperfection, defect, or blemish
a crack, breach, or rift
law an invalidating fault or defect in a document or proceeding
to make or become blemished, defective, or imperfect
- flawless, adjective
- flawlessly, adverb
- flawlessness, noun
British Dictionary definitions for flaw (2 of 2)
a sudden short gust of wind; squall
a spell of bad, esp windy, weather
obsolete an outburst of strong feeling
- flawy, adjective
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