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.