defect

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[De*fect·]

To injure; to damage.

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Want or absence of something necessary for completeness or perfection; deficiency; -- opposed to superfluity.

Noun
a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person''s body); "a facial blemish"

Noun
a failing or deficiency; "that interpretation is an unfortunate defect of our lack of information"

Noun
an imperfection in a bodily system; "visual defects"; "this device permits detection of defects in the lungs"

Noun
an imperfection in a device or machine; "if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer"

Verb
desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army; "If soldiers deserted Hitler''s army, they were shot"

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n.
Want or absence of something necessary for completeness or perfection; deficiency; -- opposed to superfluity.

n.
Failing; fault; imperfection, whether physical or moral; blemish; as, a defect in the ear or eye; a defect in timber or iron; a defect of memory or judgment.

v. i.
To fail; to become deficient.

v. t.
To injure; to damage.


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 superfluity.
Errors have been corrected, and defects supplied.
2. Failing; fault; imperfection, whether physical or moral; blemish; as, a defect in the ear or eye; a defect in timber or iron; a defect of memory or judgment.
Trust not yourself; but, your defects to know, Make use of every friend -- any every foe.
Among boys little tenderness is shown to personal defects.
Syn. -- Deficiency; imperfection; blemish. See Fault.

Defect

De*fect", v. i. To fail; to become deficient. [Obs.] "Defected honor." Warner.

Defect

De*fect", v. t. To injure; to damage. "None can my life defect." [R.] Troubles of Q. Elizabeth (1639).

Want or absence of something necessary for completeness or perfection; deficiency; -- opposed to superfluity.

To fail; to become deficient.

To injure; to damage.

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Usage Examples

No change of circumstances can repair a defect of character.

I mean, I get letters in the mail because I had a heart defect when I was one, I had surgeries and stuff. And so you get these letters in the mail that just, they are crazy, they are just like, yes, well our son is dealing with the same thing and we saw you on TV and I mean it is such a cool thing to inspire and kind of give hope.

The fundamental defect of fathers, in our competitive society, is that they want their children to be a credit to them.

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Other Usage Examples

Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of Christ.

These technologies can make life easier, can let us touch people we might not otherwise. You may have a child with a birth defect and be able to get in touch with other parents and support groups, get medical information, the latest experimental drugs. These things can profoundly influence life. I'm not downplaying that.

As regards the individual nature, woman is defective and misbegotten, for the active power of the male seed tends to the production of a perfect likeness in the masculine sex while the production of a woman comes from defect in the active power.

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