Flaw Flaw (fl[add]), n. [OE. flai, flaw flake; cf. Sw. flaga flaw, crack, breach, flake, D. vlaag gust of wind, Norw. flage, flaag, and E. flag a flat stone.] 1. A crack or breach; a gap or fissure; a defect of continuity or cohesion; as, a flaw in a knife or a vase. [1913 Webster]

This heart Shall break into a hundered thousand flaws. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A defect; a fault; as, a flaw in reputation; a flaw in a will, in a deed, or in a statute. [1913 Webster]

Has not this also its flaws and its dark side? --South. [1913 Webster]

3. A sudden burst of noise and disorder; a tumult; uproar; a quarrel. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

And deluges of armies from the town Came pouring in; I heard the mighty flaw. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

4. A sudden burst or gust of wind of short duration. [1913 Webster]

Snow, and hail, and stormy gust and flaw. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Like flaws in summer laying lusty corn. --Tennyson.

Syn: Blemish; fault; imperfection; spot; speck. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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