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defect

DEFECT, n. [L. To fail; to make or do.]

1. Want or absence of something necessary or useful towards perfection; fault; imperfection.

Errors have been corrected, and defects supplied.

We say, there are numerous defects in the plan, or in the work, or in the execution.

2. Failing; fault; mistake; imperfection in moral conduct, or in judgment.

A deep conviction of the defects of our lives tends to make us humble.

Trust not yourself; but, your defects to know,

Make use of every friend and every foe.

3. Any want, or imperfection, in natural objects; the absence of any thing necessary to perfection; any thing unnatural or misplaced; blemish; deformity. We speak of a defect in the organs of seeing or hearing, or in a limb; a defect in timber; a defect in an instrument, &c.

DEFECT, v.i. To be deficient.




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DEFECT, n. [L. To fail; to make or do.]

1. Want or absence of something necessary or useful towards perfection; fault; imperfection.

Errors have been corrected, and defects supplied.

We say, there are numerous defects in the plan, or in the work, or in the execution.

2. Failing; fault; mistake; imperfection in moral conduct, or in judgment.

A deep conviction of the defects of our lives tends to make us humble.

Trust not yourself; but, your defects to know,

Make use of every friend and every foe.

3. Any want, or imperfection, in natural objects; the absence of any thing necessary to perfection; any thing unnatural or misplaced; blemish; deformity. We speak of a defect in the organs of seeing or hearing, or in a limb; a defect in timber; a defect in an instrument, &c.

DEFECT, v.i. To be deficient.


DE-FECT', n. [L. defectus; It. difetto; Sp. defetto; from L. deficio, to fail; de and facio, to make or do.]

  1. Want or absence of something necessary or useful toward perfection; fault; imperfection. We say, there are numerous defects in the plan, or in the work, or in the execution. Errors have been corrected, and defects supplied. – Davies.
  2. Failing; fault; mistake; imperfection in moral conduct, or in judgment. A deep conviction of the defects of our lives tends to make us humble. Trust not yourself; but, your defects to know, / Make use of every friend and every foe. – Pope.
  3. Any want, or imperfection, in natural objects; the absence of anything necessary to perfection; any thing unnatural or misplaced; blemish; deformity. We speak of a defect in the organs of seeing or hearing, or in a limb; a defect in timber; a defect in an instrument, &c.

DE-FECT', v.i.

To be deficient. [Not in use.] – Brown.


De*fect"
  1. Want or absence of something necessary for completeness or perfection; deficiency; -- opposed to superfluity.

    Errors have been corrected, and defects supplied. Davies.

  2. To fail; to become deficient.

    [Obs.] "Defected honor." Warner.
  3. To injure; to damage.

    "None can my life defect." [R.] Troubles of Q. Elizabeth (1639).
  4. 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.

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

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

    Syn. -- Deficiency; imperfection; blemish. See Fault.

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Defect

DEFECT, noun [Latin To fail; to make or do.]

1. Want or absence of something necessary or useful towards perfection; fault; imperfection.

Errors have been corrected, and defects supplied.

We say, there are numerous defects in the plan, or in the work, or in the execution.

2. Failing; fault; mistake; imperfection in moral conduct, or in judgment.

A deep conviction of the defects of our lives tends to make us humble.

Trust not yourself; but, your defects to know,

Make use of every friend and every foe.

3. Any want, or imperfection, in natural objects; the absence of any thing necessary to perfection; any thing unnatural or misplaced; blemish; deformity. We speak of a defect in the organs of seeing or hearing, or in a limb; a defect in timber; a defect in an instrument, etc.

DEFECT, verb intransitive To be deficient.

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