Meaning of DEFECT in English

DEFECT

n. & v.

n. also 1 lack of something essential or required; imperfection. 2 a shortcoming or failing. 3 a blemish. 4 the amount by which a thing falls short.

v.intr. abandon one's country or cause in favour of another. defector n.

[ L defectus f. deficere desert, fail (as DE-, facere do) ]

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