defect

noun
ADJECTIVE
fundamental, major, obvious, serious, severe

a fundamental defect in the product

mild, minor, slight, small

Goods with slight defects are sold at half price.

The child had a mild heart defect.

construction (esp. AmE), manufacturing, mechanical (esp. BrE), structural
birth, congenital, genetic

All lambs are checked for birth defects when they are born.

developmental, physical, visual
sight, speech
eye, heart
character
VERB + DEFECT
contain, have, suffer from

The book contains serious defects.

He has a congenital heart defect.

show

The photograph shows slight defects due to age.

find, identify, observe

The inspector found defects in the aircraft's construction.

cause, induce, produce

There is evidence that air pollution can cause birth defects.

prevent
correct, cure, remedy, repair

This is a physical defect that cannot be cured.

The builders agreed to remedy the structural defects.

PREPOSITION
defect in

major defects in the education system

defect of

a defect of her character


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  • defect — de·fect / dē ˌfekt, di fekt/ n: something or a lack of something that results in incompleteness, inadequacy, or imperfection: as a: a flaw in something (as a product) esp. that creates an unreasonable risk of harm in its normal use see also… …   Law dictionary

  • defect — DEFÉCT, Ă, defecţi, te, s.n., adj. 1. s.n. Lipsă, scădere, imperfecţiune materială, fizică sau morală; cusur, meteahnă, neajuns, beteşug, hibă. ♦ Deranjament, stricăciune care împiedică funcţionarea unei maşini, a unui aparat. ♦ Ceea ce nu este… …   Dicționar Român

  • Defect — Defect, defects, or defected may refer to: Geometry and physical sciences Defect (geometry), a characteristic of a polyhedron Topological defect Isoperimetric defect Crystallographic defect, a structural imperfection in a crystal Biology and… …   Wikipedia

  • 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… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • defect — Ⅰ. defect [1] ► NOUN ▪ a shortcoming, imperfection, or lack. ORIGIN Latin defectus, from deficere desert or fail . Ⅱ. defect [2] ► VERB ▪ abandon one s country or cause in favour of an opposing one …   English terms dictionary

  • defect — [dē′fekt΄; ] also, and for v. always [, dē fekt′, difekt′] n. [ME < L defectus < deficere, to undo, fail < de , from + facere, to DO1] 1. lack of something necessary for completeness; deficiency; shortcoming 2. an imperfection or… …   English World dictionary

  • 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

  • Defect — Defect, lat., mangelhaft; als Hauptwort D., Mangel, Gebrechen; defectiren, eine Rechnung untersuchen in Beziehung auf Rechnungsfehler; defectiv, was defect. – Defectbogen, im Buchhandel ein nachverlangter Bogen. – Defecte, in der Buchdruckerei… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • defect — (n.) early 15c., from M.Fr. defect and directly from L. defectus failure, revolt, falling away, from pp. of deficere to fail, desert (see DEFICIENT (Cf. deficient)). As a verb, from 1570s. Related: Defected; defecting …   Etymology dictionary

  • defect — [n] blemish, imperfection birthmark, blot, blotch, break, bug, catch, check, crack, deficiency, deformity, discoloration, drawback, error, failing, fault, flaw, foible, frailty, gap, glitch, gremlin, hole, infirmity, injury, irregularity, kink,… …   New thesaurus

  • Defect — De*fect , v. i. To fail; to become deficient. [Obs.] Defected honor. Warner. [1913 Webster] 2. to abandon one country or faction, and join another. [PJC] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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