[ UK /fˈɒlt/ ]
[ US /ˈfɔɫt/ ]
  1. put or pin the blame on
  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. the quality of being inadequate or falling short of perfection
    they discussed the merits and demerits of her novel
    he knew his own faults much better than she did
  3. (sports) a serve that is illegal (e.g., that lands outside the prescribed area)
    he served too many double faults
  4. responsibility for a bad situation or event
    it was John's fault
  5. (geology) a crack in the earth's crust resulting from the displacement of one side with respect to the other
    they built it right over a geological fault
    he studied the faulting of the earth's crust
  6. a wrong action attributable to bad judgment or ignorance or inattention
    I could understand his English in spite of his grammatical faults
    she was quick to point out my errors
    he made a bad mistake
  7. (electronics) equipment failure attributable to some defect in a circuit (loose connection or insulation failure or short circuit etc.)
    it took much longer to find the fault than to fix it
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How To Use fault In A Sentence

  • One was apparently faulty and the other did not have a battery.
  • This is the principal faultline in today's cabinet. Times, Sunday Times
  • So let vs, which this chaunge of weather vew, chaunge eeke our mynds and former liues amend the old yeares sinnes forepast let vs eschew, and fly the faults with which we did offend. Amoretti and Epithalamion
  • Most systems default to booting from either the floppy disk drive or the hard drive.
  • The default position is that UK employment rights remain unchanged. Times, Sunday Times
  • When I do get in a lather, it's never my fault: it's the cyclists and pedestrians who are selfish and inconsiderate, not me.
  • That man has such a nerve! He's always blaming me for things that are his fault.
  • Most fault conditions will set a ABS fault code in the CAB (controller anti-lock brake), which can be retrieved to aid in fault diagnosis.
  • In my scenario, the Senator tells the drowning person that it was the flailing non-swimmer's fault for falling in and not learning how to swim, not the Senator's doing, just before the erratic splasher goes under the surface for the last time. Norman Cressy: Musings II
  • The overall effect is hard to fault, but it is not that memorable.
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