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FLAW

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does flaw mean? 

FLAW (noun)
  The noun FLAW has 2 senses:

1. an imperfection in a device or machine
2. defect or weakness in a person's character

  Familiarity information: FLAW used as a noun is rare.


FLAW (verb)
  The verb FLAW has 1 sense:

1. add a flaw or blemish to; make imperfect or defective

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


 Dictionary entry details 


FLAW (noun)


Sense 1flaw [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 ("flaw" is a kind of...):

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

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

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

hole (a fault)


Sense 2flaw [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Defect or weakness in a person's character

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context example:

he had his flaws, but he was great nonetheless

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

failing; weakness (a flaw or weak point)

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

hamartia; tragic flaw (the character flaw or error of a tragic hero that leads to his downfall)


FLAW (verb)


Sense 1flaw [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Add a flaw or blemish to; make imperfect or defective

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

flaw; blemish

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

damage (inflict damage upon)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


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