Definition of Defect

1. Noun. An imperfection in a bodily system. "This device permits detection of defects in the lungs"

2. 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"
Exact synonyms: Desert
Generic synonyms: Flee, Fly, Take Flight
Entails: Dissent, Protest, Resist
Specialized synonyms: Rat
Derivative terms: Defection, Defection, Defector, Deserter, Deserter, Desertion

3. Noun. A failing or deficiency. "That interpretation is an unfortunate defect of our lack of information"
Exact synonyms: Shortcoming
Generic synonyms: Disadvantage

4. Noun. An imperfection in an object or machine. "If there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer"
Exact synonyms: Fault, Flaw
Generic synonyms: Imperfection, Imperfectness
Specialized synonyms: Blister, Bug, Glitch, Hole
Derivative terms: Faulty, Flaw

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

Definition of Defect

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

2. v. i. To fail; to become deficient.

3. v. t. To injure; to damage.

Definition of Defect

1. Noun. A fault or malfunction. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To abandon or turn against; to cease or change one's loyalty. ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Defect

1. to desert an allegiance [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Defect

1. 1. Want or absence of something necessary for completeness or perfection; deficiency; opposed to superfluity. "Errors have been corrected, and defects supplied." (Davies) 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." (Pope) "Among boys little tenderness is shown to personal defects." (Macaulay) Synonym: Deficiency, imperfection, blemish. See Fault. Origin: L. Defectus, fr. Deficere, defectum, to desert, fail, be wanting; de- + facere = to make, do. See Fact, Feat, and cf. Deficit. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Defect

defecation reflex
defect (current term)
defect of speech
defective bacteriophage
defective interfering particle

Literary usage of Defect

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Monographic Medicine by William Robie Patten Emerson, Guido Guerrini, William Brown, Wendell Christopher Phillips, John Whitridge Williams, John Appleton Swett, Hans Günther, Mario Mariotti, Hugh Grant Rowell (1916)
"(a) Congenital Absence of Bone (Bone defect) Such defect is usually due to intra-uterine injury ... Fibular defect When the fibula is congenitally absent, ..."

2. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1906)
"In recent years the principles of the law relating to contributory negligence seem to have been applied In determining what constitutes a defect In a ..."

3. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"Here again is a division of flesh with two instead of union with one, and hence the defect, and, as a consequence, the irregularity, (c) When he carnally ..."

4. Surgery, Gynecology & Obstetrics by American College of Surgeons, Franklin H. Martin Memorial Foundation (1914)
"Into the right fibula defect was transplanted the left fibula graft without any of its periosteum, the transplant being first divided into six fragments. ..."

5. Anomalies and curiosities of medicine: Being an Encyclopedic Collection of by George Milbry Gould, Walter Lytle Pyle (1900)
"Congenital defect of the epidermis and true skin is a rarity in pathology. Pastorello a speaks of a child which lived for two and a half hours whose hands ..."

6. The Law Relating to Particulars and Conditions of Sale on a Sale of Land by William Frederick Webster (1889)
"INDUSTRIOUS CONCEALMENT OF AND MISREPRESENTATION CONCERNING A PATENT defect. IE the vendor intentionally diverts the purchaser's attention Concealment from ..."

7. The Journal of Experimental Medicine by Rockefeller University, Rockefeller Institute, Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research (1916)
"The base of the defect is reddened; the edge is edematous and slightly reddened ... defect on posterior wall. Superficial defect half way through the mucosa ..."

8. The Camden Miscellany by Camden Society (Great Britain), Royal Historical Society (Great Britain) (1902)
"7 Sept: Councell assemble private pur suplie grand defect de treasure. Et in Nov: fuit offer par customers de lend al roy ..."

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