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defect

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noun de·fect \ˈdē-ˌfekt, di-ˈ\

Simple Definition of defect

  • : a physical problem that causes something to be less valuable, effective, healthy, etc.

  • : something that causes weakness or failure

Full Definition of defect

  1. 1 a :  an imperfection that impairs worth or utility :  shortcoming <the grave defects in our foreign policy> b :  an imperfection (as a vacancy or an unlike atom) in a crystal lattice

  2. 2 [Latin defectus] :  a lack of something necessary for completeness, adequacy, or perfection :  deficiency <a hearing defect>

Examples of defect

  1. They examine their products for defects.

  2. She was born with a heart defect.

  3. Vanity and pride were his two worst character defects.



Origin of defect

Middle English, from Latin defectus lack, from deficere to desert, fail, from de- + facere to do — more at do


First Known Use: 15th century


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defect

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verb de·fect \di-ˈfekt\

Simple Definition of defect

  • : to leave a country, political party, organization, etc., and go to a different one that is a competitor or an enemy

Full Definition of defect

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to forsake one cause, party, or nation for another often because of a change in ideology

  3. 2 :  to leave one situation (as a job) often to go over to a rival <the reporter defected to another network>

de·fec·tor play \-ˈfek-tər\ noun

Examples of defect

  1. The Russian scholar defected in 1979.

  2. She defected from the conservative party.

  3. He defected to the West before the war began.

  4. The reporter defected to another TV network.



Origin of defect

Latin defectus, past participle of deficere


First Known Use: 1596


Medical Dictionary

defect

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noun de·fect \ˈdē-ˌfekt, di-ˈ\

Medical Definition of defect

  1. :  a lack or deficiency of something necessary for adequacy in form or function <a hearing defect>





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