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DEFECT

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does defect mean? 

DEFECT (noun)
  The noun DEFECT has 4 senses:

1. an imperfection in a bodily system
2. a failing or deficiency
3. an imperfection in a device or machine
4. a mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)

  Familiarity information: DEFECT used as a noun is uncommon.


DEFECT (verb)
  The verb DEFECT has 1 sense:

1. desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army

  Familiarity information: DEFECT used as a verb is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DEFECT (noun)


Sense 1defect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An imperfection in a bodily system

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context examples:

visual defects / this device permits detection of defects in the lungs

Hypernyms ("defect" is a kind of...):

imperfection; imperfectness (the state or an instance of being imperfect)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "defect"):

myelatelia (any developmental defect of the spinal cord)

birth defect; congenital abnormality; congenital anomaly; congenital defect; congenital disorder (a defect that is present at birth)


Sense 2defect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A failing or deficiency

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

shortcoming; defect

Context example:

that interpretation is an unfortunate defect of our lack of information

Hypernyms ("defect" is a kind of...):

disadvantage (the quality of having an inferior or less favorable position)


Sense 3defect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An imperfection in a device or machine

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

flaw; defect; fault

Context example:

if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer

Hypernyms ("defect" is a kind of...):

imperfection; imperfectness (the state or an instance of being imperfect)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "defect"):

bug; glitch (a fault or defect in a system or machine)

hole (a fault)


Sense 4defect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A mark or flaw that spoils the appearance of something (especially on a person's body)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

blemish; mar; defect

Context example:

a facial blemish

Hypernyms ("defect" is a kind of...):

appearance; visual aspect (outward or visible aspect of a person or thing)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "defect"):

birthmark; nevus (a blemish on the skin that is formed before birth)

blackhead; comedo (a black-tipped plug clogging a pore of the skin)

milium; whitehead (a small whitish lump in the skin due to a clogged sebaceous gland)

verruca; wart ((pathology) a firm abnormal elevated blemish on the skin; caused by a virus)

stigma (a skin lesion that is a diagnostic sign of some disease)

blot; daub; slur; smear; smirch; smudge; spot (a blemish made by dirt)

burn; burn mark (a place or area that has been burned (especially on a person's body))

mark; scar; scrape; scratch (an indication of damage)

chatter mark (a mark made by a chattering tool on the surface of a workpiece)

check; chip (a mark left after a small piece has been chopped or broken off of something)

crack (a blemish resulting from a break without complete separation of the parts)

dent; ding; gouge; nick (an impression in a surface (as made by a blow))

mole (a small congenital pigmented spot on the skin)


DEFECT (verb)


Sense 1defect [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Desert (a cause, a country or an army), often in order to join the opposing cause, country, or army

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

defect; desert

Context example:

If soldiers deserted Hitler's army, they were shot

Hypernyms (to "defect" is one way to...):

flee; fly; take flight (run away quickly)

"Defect" entails doing...:

dissent; protest; resist (express opposition through action or words)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "defect"):

rat (desert one's party or group of friends, for example, for one's personal advantage)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s PP


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