Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913 + 1828)


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Defect (Page: 381)

De*fect" (?), n. [L. defectus, fr. deficere, defectum, to desert, fail, be wanting; de- + facere to make, do. See Fact, Feat, and cf. Deficit.]

1. Want or absence of something necessary for completeness or perfection; deficiency; -- opposed to superfluity.

Errors have been corrected, and defects supplied. Davies.

2. Failing; fault; imperfection, whether physical or moral; blemish; as, a defect in the ear or eye; a defect in timber or iron; a defect of memory or judgment.

Trust not yourself; but, your defects to know, Make use of every friend -- any every foe. Pope.
Among boys little tenderness is shown to personal defects. Macaulay.
Syn. -- Deficiency; imperfection; blemish. See Fault.
Defect (Page: 381)

De*fect", v. i. To fail; to become deficient. [Obs.] Defected honor." Warner. <-- 2. Abandon one country or faction, and join another. -->


Defect (Page: 381)

De*fect", v. t. To injure; to damage. None can my life defect." [R.] Troubles of Q. Elizabeth (1639).