defect

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(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
n. blemish, fault, flaw, imperfection; deficiency, lack, incompleteness. —v. i. desert, flee, abandon. See relinquishment, escape.
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(Roget's IV) n.
1. [A lack of something needed]
Syn. deficiency, shortage, deficit; see lack 1 , 2 .
2. [A faulty part]
Syn. imperfection, flaw, blemish, drawback, shortcoming, fault, spot, stain, taint, speck, mark, weak point, break, rift, scratch, unsoundness, frailty, gap, twist, crack, check, discoloration, hole, knot, foible, vice, failing, sin, injury, birthmark, blot, scar, marring, deformity, demerit, blotch, weakness, error, patch, seam, mistake, rough spot, blindness, infirmity, bug*, glitch*, blind spot*; see also blemish .
Syn.- defect implies a lack of something essential to completeness or perfection [ a defect in vision ] ; an imperfection is any faulty detail that detracts from perfection [ minor imperfections of style ] ; a blemish is a superficial or surface imperfection that mars the appearance [ skin blemishes , a blemish on his record ] ; a flaw is an imperfection in structure or substance, such as a crack or gap, that mars the wholeness or continuity [ a flaw in a metal bar ] v.
Syn. fall away from, desert, forsake, change allegiance, change sides; see also abandon 2 , desert 2 , leave 1 .
III
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus)
I
n.
imperfection, flaw, failing, mistake, deficiency, drawback, *bug, irregularity, error, shortcoming, weakness, chink.
ANT.: strength
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v.
leave, desert, change allegiance, turn traitor, abandon, renounce, reject, forsake.
ANT.: embrace, uphold, remain
IV
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I noun 1. The condition or fact of being deficient: deficiency, deficit, inadequacy, insufficiency, lack, paucity, poverty, scantiness, scantness, scarceness, scarcity, shortage, shortcoming, shortfall, underage1. See EXCESS. 2. Something that mars the appearance or causes inadequacy or failure: blemish, bug, fault, flaw, imperfection, shortcoming. See BEAUTIFUL, BETTER, HELP. II verb To abandon one's cause or party usually to join another: apostatize, desert3, renegade, tergiversate, turn. Slang: rat. Idioms: change sides, turn one's coat. See APPROACH, TRUST.

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  • defect — de·fect / dē ˌfekt, di fekt/ n: something or a lack of something that results in incompleteness, inadequacy, or imperfection: as a: a flaw in something (as a product) esp. that creates an unreasonable risk of harm in its normal use see also… …   Law dictionary

  • defect — DEFÉCT, Ă, defecţi, te, s.n., adj. 1. s.n. Lipsă, scădere, imperfecţiune materială, fizică sau morală; cusur, meteahnă, neajuns, beteşug, hibă. ♦ Deranjament, stricăciune care împiedică funcţionarea unei maşini, a unui aparat. ♦ Ceea ce nu este… …   Dicționar Român

  • Defect — Defect, defects, or defected may refer to: Geometry and physical sciences Defect (geometry), a characteristic of a polyhedron Topological defect Isoperimetric defect Crystallographic defect, a structural imperfection in a crystal Biology and… …   Wikipedia

  • Defect — De*fect , n. [L. defectus, fr. deficere, defectum, to desert, fail, be wanting; de + facere to make, do. See {Fact}, {Feat}, and cf. {Deficit}.] 1. Want or absence of something necessary for completeness or perfection; deficiency; opposed to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defect — Ⅰ. defect [1] ► NOUN ▪ a shortcoming, imperfection, or lack. ORIGIN Latin defectus, from deficere desert or fail . Ⅱ. defect [2] ► VERB ▪ abandon one s country or cause in favour of an opposing one …   English terms dictionary

  • defect — [dē′fekt΄; ] also, and for v. always [, dē fekt′, difekt′] n. [ME < L defectus < deficere, to undo, fail < de , from + facere, to DO1] 1. lack of something necessary for completeness; deficiency; shortcoming 2. an imperfection or… …   English World dictionary

  • Defect — De*fect , v. t. To injure; to damage. None can my life defect. [R.] Troubles of Q. Elizabeth (1639). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Defect — Defect, lat., mangelhaft; als Hauptwort D., Mangel, Gebrechen; defectiren, eine Rechnung untersuchen in Beziehung auf Rechnungsfehler; defectiv, was defect. – Defectbogen, im Buchhandel ein nachverlangter Bogen. – Defecte, in der Buchdruckerei… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • defect — (n.) early 15c., from M.Fr. defect and directly from L. defectus failure, revolt, falling away, from pp. of deficere to fail, desert (see DEFICIENT (Cf. deficient)). As a verb, from 1570s. Related: Defected; defecting …   Etymology dictionary

  • defect — [n] blemish, imperfection birthmark, blot, blotch, break, bug, catch, check, crack, deficiency, deformity, discoloration, drawback, error, failing, fault, flaw, foible, frailty, gap, glitch, gremlin, hole, infirmity, injury, irregularity, kink,… …   New thesaurus

  • Defect — De*fect , v. i. To fail; to become deficient. [Obs.] Defected honor. Warner. [1913 Webster] 2. to abandon one country or faction, and join another. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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