imperfection

noun
im·​per·​fec·​tion | \ ˌim-pər-ˈfek-shən How to pronounce imperfection (audio) \

Definition of imperfection

: the quality or state of being imperfect also : fault, blemish

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Examples of imperfection in a Sentence

He detected several imperfections in the surface of the jewel. She tried to hide the imperfection in the cloth.

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And even though the perovskite crystals end up with imperfections, these defects typically don’t destroy the materials’ ability to emit light. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "LEDs created from wonder material could revolutionize lighting and displays," 4 June 2019 That really helps with the lap marks and imperfections that sometimes won’t show up until the end. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Everything You've Ever Needed to Know About Painting Your Ceilings," 15 Mar. 2019 Impacts against potholes and other road imperfections can pinch the tire against the rim and cause a bulge or bubble. Alex Leanse, Popular Mechanics, "10 Tire and Brake Problems All Drivers Need to Know," 23 Feb. 2017 Try No7 Airbrush Away Primer, ($20, ulta.com), which uses hyaluronic acid spheres to soften wrinkles and blur imperfections. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "13 Pro Secrets to Sweat-Proofing Your Summer Makeup," 26 May 2016 Gucci’s campaign plays lip service to inclusion and imperfection, but many poor people probably won’t be buying the Goldie Red Rouge à Lèvres satin lipstick that Miller wears in the campaign for $38 a piece. Alaina Leary, Glamour, "The Reaction to Gucci's Ad Doesn't Surprise Me—I Grew Up With 'Bad Teeth'," 9 May 2019 That said, Michele’s idea of beauty isn’t a cold, artificial glamour; the campaign includes unexpected smiles with engaging imperfections. Alexander Fury; Fashion Editor: Joanna Hillman, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Art of Beauty," 6 May 2019 The exhibits featured artwork by Leyden School District 212 students, as well as that of students in partner elementary and middle schools, surreptitious imperfections and all. Staff Report, chicagotribune.com, "Art appreciation: Leyden students show off their creations at district showcase," 6 May 2018 Smooth ceilings have a tendency to have some ripples and waves in them, so the flat finish helps minimize those imperfections. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Everything You've Ever Needed to Know About Painting Your Ceilings," 15 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of imperfection

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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imperfection

noun

English Language Learners Definition of imperfection

: a small flaw or bad part
: the state of being imperfect : lack of perfection

imperfection

noun
im·​per·​fec·​tion | \ ˌim-pər-ˈfek-shən How to pronounce imperfection (audio) \

Kids Definition of imperfection

1 : the quality or state of having faults or defects : lack of perfection
2 : a small flaw or fault

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