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flaw

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noun \ ˈflȯ \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of flaw

1 a :a defect in physical structure or form
  • a diamond with a flaw
b :an imperfection or weakness and especially one that detracts from the whole or hinders effectiveness
  • vanity was the flaw in his character
  • a flaw in the book's plot
2 obsolete :fragment

flawed

play \ˈflȯd\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of flaw

Middle English, flake, from Old Norse flaga stone slab, moldar flaga thin layer of turf; akin to Old English flōh flat stone


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flaw

verb

Definition of flaw

transitive verb
:to make flaws in :mar
intransitive verb
:to become defective

Origin and Etymology of flaw

see 1flaw


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flaw

noun

Definition of flaw

1 :a sudden brief burst of wind
  • the wind changed with flaws from westward
  • —Archibald MacLeish
; also :a spell of stormy weather
2 obsolete :an outburst especially of passion

Examples of flaw in a Sentence

  1. that crack has flawed the vase to the extent that its value in the antiques market is greatly reduced

Origin and Etymology of flaw

of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian flaga gust, squall


FLAW Defined for Kids

flaw

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noun \ ˈflȯ \

Definition of flaw for Students

:a small fault or weakness
  • There is a flaw in the plan.

flawless

\-ləs\ adjective


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