[ US /ˈdifɛkt, dɪˈfɛkt/ ]
  1. an imperfection in an object or machine
    if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer
    a flaw caused the crystal to shatter
  2. an imperfection in a bodily system
    visual defects
    this device permits detection of defects in the lungs
  3. a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)
    a facial blemish
  4. a failing or deficiency
    that interpretation is an unfortunate defect of our lack of information
  1. desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army
    If soldiers deserted Hitler's army, they were shot
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How To Use defect In A Sentence

  • It is true: but liberality baulkes, and feares covetousnesse and niggardize, more a great deale then prodigallity; so does zeale lukewarmnes and coldnesse, more then too much heate and forwardnesse; the defect is more opposite and dangerous to some vertues, then the excesse. A Coal From The Altar, To Kindle The Holy Fire of Zeale In a Sermon Preached at a Generall Visitation at Ipswich
  • Often they were offloading defective goods they could not sell at a shop.
  • Little analysis was apparent in many of the early Programmes - a defect that was never entirely overcome.
  • While pointing out some defects of classical logic[Sentencedict], the paper attributes them to substantial implication being directly applied to inference.
  • Every man has the defects of his own virtues [his qualities]. 
  • You have not chosen to particularise what defects and dilapidations you refer to.
  • The single-sided fish defects of KFC copper alloys applied to lead frame produced by domestic corporation were studied and analyzed by energy spectrum analysis, SEM and metallographic analysis.
  • In particular I became aware of an increasing callousness or defect of sensibility in the stomach, and this I imagined might imply a scirrhous state of that organ either formed or forming. The Opium Habit
  • The system of education and discipline pursued has undergone some modifications in recent years -- notably during the provostship of the Rev. Francis Hodgson; but radical defects are still alleged against it. The Grand Old Man
  • Then, too, a defect in the glands causes the disease known as myxedema in adults and cretinism in children. The War Terror
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