Meaning of DEFECT in English



Pronunciation: ' d ē - ˌ fekt, di- '

Function: noun

Etymology: Middle English, from Latin defectus lack, from deficere to desert, fail, from de- + facere to do ― more at DO

Date: 15th century

1 a : an imperfection that impairs worth or utility : SHORTCOMING <the grave defect s in our foreign policy> b : an imperfection (as a vacancy or an unlike atom) in a crystal lattice

2 [Latin defectus ] : a lack of something necessary for completeness, adequacy, or perfection : DEFICIENCY <a hearing defect >

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