Meaning of FLAW in English


I. ˈflȯ noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English flaw, flawe, probably of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish flaga flaw, flake, Old Norse flaga slab; akin to Old English flēan to skin — more at flay

1. obsolete : flake , fragment , bit

this heart shall break into a hundred thousand flaws — Shakespeare

2. : a faulty part : crack , breach , gap , fissure

a flaw in a gem or a vase

a flaw in a bar of steel

3. : a fault or defect especially in a character or a piece of work

the greatest flaw in his plan was failure to anticipate costs

a complexion without a flaw

especially : a fault in a legal paper that may nullify it

a flaw in a will

found a flaw in the statute

4. Scotland : lie , fib

5. chiefly Scotland : a thin layer of turf or peat

6. : a nearly vertical geological fault transverse to the strike of the rocks and characterized by horizontal displacement

Synonyms: see blemish

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb

1. : to make flaws in : crack

a flawed diamond

the brazen caldrons with the frosts are flawed — John Dryden

2. : to make a breach or defect in : violate , nullify

flaw an agreement

France hath flawed the league — Shakespeare

intransitive verb

: to become defective : crack , break

pavements warping and flawing in the heat

columns of smoke that … flawed suddenly in the canyon wind — W.V.T.Clark

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: of Scandinavian origin; akin to Norwegian flaga gust, squall; akin to Middle High German & Middle Low German vlage gust, attack, Lithuanian plakti to beat, Latin plangere to beat — more at plaint

1. : a sudden burst of wind of short duration with or without rain or snow

the wind changed with flaws from westward — Archibald MacLeish

also : a spell of stormy weather

2. obsolete : an outburst especially of passion or anger : a sudden tumult or disorder

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