Defect
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. [1913 Webster]

Errors have been corrected, and defects supplied. --Davies. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Trust not yourself; but, your defects to know, Make use of every friend -- and every foe. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

Among boys little tenderness is shown to personal defects. --Macaulay.

Syn: Deficiency; imperfection; blemish. See {Fault}. [1913 Webster]


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  • Defect — De*fect , v. t. To injure; to damage. None can my life defect. [R.] Troubles of Q. Elizabeth (1639). [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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