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defect

Definition of defect

Etymology

    < Middle English defaicte < Latin defectus ("a failure, lack") < deficere ("to fail, lack, literally 'undo'"), pp. defectus < de- ("priv.") + facere ("to do").

Pronunciation

  • (noun) enPR: dē'fĕkt, IPA: /ˈdiːfɛkt/, SAMPA: /"di:fEkt/
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  • (verb) enPR: dĭfĕkt', IPA: /dɪˈfɛkt/, SAMPA: /dI"fEkt/

Noun

defect (plural defects)

  1. A fault or malfunction.

Related terms

Verb

to defect (third-person singular simple present defects, present participle defecting, simple past and past participle defected)

  1. (intransitive) To abandon or turn against; to cease or change one's loyalty.

Derived terms

  • defection
  • defector

References:

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